Sometimes a little prep work is needed for the The Lord's plans.If the Holy Spirit is suppose to enter the minds or spirits of the cardinals in determining who to vote for the next Pope, then why would the holy spirit guide the Cardinals to Pick the cardinal who became Pope John Paul I?
Divinely inspired by God, yet he only served 33 days as a Pope before he mysteriously died back in the late 1970s.
Why would God make all the Cardinals go through this lengthy process if God knew he was only going to live a month after he was selected?
Softening the field, so to speak.
The 1970's were a time of great upheaval and change in the world.
After his election, John Paul quickly made several decisions that would "humanize" the office of pope.
He was the first modern pope to speak in the singular form, using 'I' instead of the royal we. He was the first pope to choose an "investiture" to commence his papacy rather than the traditional papal coronation.
Despite Pope JP I's short tenure, he paved the way for something very special.
His death opened the door for one of the most humble and "human" leaders of the twentieth century.
The first Polish Pope, the right man for the right job at the right time.
John Paul II is acclaimed as one of the most influential leaders of the 20th century.
He was instrumental in ending communism in his native Poland and eventually all of Europe.
John Paul II significantly improved the Catholic Church's relations with Judaism, Islam, the Eastern Orthodox Church, and the Anglican Communion.
Pope John Paul II was also widely praised for his firm, orthodox Catholic stances.
Along with Ronald Reagan and Lech Walesa, Pope John Paul II brought down the great beast of Soviet Communism.
The right man in the right job at the right time.
The Lord works in mysterious ways that you may not understand sometimes, Michael.