Over the past few weeks, we've been exploring the themes of our permanent exhibit here on Open Wide the Doors. We joined Saint John Paul II on a pilgrimage of faith and love, as the narrator says in the video above.
We discovered that, during his younger years, St. John Paul II shone as a light in the darkness of his times. In the spirit of the Second Vatican Council, he pointed the Church away from her fears and back to Jesus. We saw that he gave himself entirely to the Blessed Mother, and that he shared her love for the human person. He followed in the footsteps of Jesus, making of gift of himself—the ultimate gift of love—to the entire world.
St. John Paul II lived a life of profound holiness, and as the late Holy Father said, we are all called to live this way. We are called “to accept and reciprocate the immense gifts which [God] bestowed” upon us. We are offered the grace to live a saintly life! We just have to accept this grace and let it live through us.
We hope pilgrims walk away from the Saint John Paul II National Shrine inspired to do just that. This is why our final gallery, which is pictured above, calls visitors to reflect on the lives of some of the saints beatified and canonized by the late Holy Father. These holy men and women came from all walks of life, but they each lived out the call to holiness, and they are each praying for us now. We are all made to be saints, and hopefully our exhibit reminds pilgrims of this.