Sunday, May 16, 2010

A Twentieth Century Life

Over the years, we have become increasingly fascinated with the lives of ordinary people who lived through the turbulent years of the middle of the twentieth century. From Europe to Asia, there are millions of stories of men and women who found themselves in the midst of impossible circumstances. Yet these people found ways to make heroic decisions. We ourselves literally owe our lives to the events that unfolded in Hungary in that fateful fall of 1956.

And so it was with great interest that we recently watched Karol: A Man Who Became Pope. In many senses, the life of Karol Wojtyla was not unusual. Here was a young man trying to find his way in a world gone crazy, living in Poland through the Nazi and Soviet periods. Sure, he would eventually leave an indelible mark on humanity the world over. In the beginning, though, all he wanted to do was take care of his father, perform live theater with his friends, and do what he could to keep Polish culture alive in the face of incredible odds. Just another extraordinary twentieth century life...



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