Karol Wojtyla
Saint John Paul II was blessed with many gifts, but one of the most significant was the gift of the written word. His works included Love and Responsibility , The Acting Person , and other books, as well as poetry and plays. The priest Karol Wojtyla was a philosopher and theologian, a polyglot, a poet, and a playwright.

If you've never read his Letter to Artists, these deep days of winter -- and early days of Lent -- are a good time to do so. John Paul II's inspiring words are perfect for bringing light into the dark winter days and the penitential days of Lent:

None can sense more deeply than you artists, ingenious creators of beauty that you are, something of the pathos with which God at the dawn of creation looked upon the work of his hands. A glimmer of that feeling has shone so often in your eyes when—like the artists of every age—captivated by the hidden power of sounds and words, colours and shapes, you have admired the work of your inspiration, sensing in it some echo of the mystery of creation with which God, the sole creator of all things, has wished in some way to associate you. Read the letter in its entirety here.

You are always in our prayers! We say with Saint John Paul: "That is why artists, the more conscious they are of their 'gift,' are led all the more to see themselves and the whole of creation with eyes able to contemplate and give thanks, and to raise to God a hymn of praise. This is the only way for them to come to a full understanding of themselves, their vocation and their mission."

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