The Word Among Us

Easter 2014 Issue

Pulling Down Walls

New saints John XXIII and John Paul II show us how it’s done.

Pulling Down Walls: New saints John XXIII and John Paul II show us how it’s done.

Nine-year-old Jerzy Kluger could hardly contain his excitement: he and his best friend, Lolek, had been admitted to the same middle school. Bursting to share the news, he raced to Lolek’s house, then to nearby St. Mary’s Church, where his friend was serving Mass. The liturgy was still in progress, so Jerzy slipped into a back pew. He wondered why two women nearby kept whispering and staring at him.

Finally, during Communion, one of them turned to ask, “Aren’t you Kluger’s son?” The boy said yes. “What...

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