The Midwest Capuchin Franciscan Vocation Office recently posted an amazing new video. Titled simply “The Capuchin Vocation with Pope Saint John Paul II,” it shows clips of Franciscans living their vocation, overlaid with the voice of Pope St. John Paul II giving a riveting sermon about the centrality of Jesus Christ. He gave the sermon in 1987 in Chile.
“Is he only a learned man?” St. John Paul II asks at one point. “No! He is more than that. Is he a prophet? Yes – but he is even more. Is he a social reformer? Much more than a reformer, much more. Look at the Lord with attentive eyes and you will discover in Him the very face of God.”
The whole thing is very worth watching: (Midwest Capuchin Franciscan Vocation Office, YouTube)
*Image: King Nebuchadnezzar as a Wild Animal by an unknown artist, c. 1400-1410 [J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, CA]. The image refers to Daniel 4: 25-35: the prophet tells the king that he will lose his mind and live like a beast for seven years. The illustration is from Rudolf von Ems’ Weltchronik or “world chronicle” written in the mid-1200s.