Last week, the Vatican announced two recent popes would become saints later this year. After the church declares his sainthood, Pope John Paul II will become the first saint ever to have visited Stevens Point and Portage County – even though he was a cardinal when he spent a few days here in 1978.
I’m among several hundred people who shook the hand of the future saint when he spoke at a dinner at the University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point. Not all of us get to physically touch a saint, so I guess it’s something to savor. I hope some of John Paul’s holiness rubbed off on me, but friends say they doubt it.
A few suggested that I shouldn’t be so taken up with shaking a future saint’s hand. They claim I’m living with a saint – that anyone who would spend 45 years with me must be one, even without the canonization process.