Thursday, October 20, 2016, 6:00 PM
from the sept/oct issue of the catholic compass
George Weigel is a name that peers out from many Catholic bookshelves and often runs along the bottom of television screens tuned into NBC. But he is probably best known for being Saint John Paul II’s biographer and the author of “Witness to Hope: The Biography of Pope John Paul II.”
On Oct. 20, the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart will be hosting Weigel for a presentation on Saint John Paul II and his insights into 21
“John Paul II knew that the moral health of a culture was the key to the success of democratic politics and the free economy,” Weigel said. “He also knew that contemporary western moral culture was in sad shape. So he would likely tell us that, if we're looking for the sources of our political and economic distress, we need look no further than the corruptions of a culture of rampant individualism, which is a fancy word for selfishness.”
Weigel hopes to offer an alternative to this “culture of rampant individualism,” by sharing his unique perspective on the life and teachings of Saint John Paul II.
He said that, in his presentation, he looks to bring “a bit of hope in a very dark season.”
Weigel also has the ability to give those who attend his presentation glimpses into the life of a great saint.
He said that many people don’t realize that “the most formative experience of [Saint John Paul II’s] life was the Second World War and that his closest friends as a priest and bishop in Krakow were lay people.”
All are invited to attend the event, which will be held on Thursday, Oct. 20, in Ave Maria Hall at the Cathedral of the Sacred Heart at 6 p.m.
To learn more about George Weigel, visit his website