Simply step out fearlessly knowing that I am with you, therefore no harm can befall you; all is very, very well.
Do this in complete faith and confidence. ~ Pope John Paul 11
When a very young man during the occupation of Poland by Nazi Germany, Karol Józef Wojty³a was employed as a general labourer using a pick axe, and shovel to repair roads, and bridges to to cover his daily expenses. During the evenings our future pope would attend a secret seminary.
Karol Wojtyla lived his life at street level enduring best he could under the many trials that beset most Poles during the occupation years. His academic life was well balanced by his need to survive facing trials that we today cannot even imagine. Ordained priest in 1946 he would continue his studies in Rome.
Although rejected as false by JP11's personal secretary, according to Wojty³a's fellow student the future Austrian Cardinal Alfons Stickler, in 1947 during his sojourn at the Angelicum Rome, Wojty³a visited Padre Pio, who heard his confession and told him that one day he would ascend to "the highest post in the Church". Cardinal Stickler added that Wojty³a believed that the prophecy was fulfilled when he became a Cardinal.
Stepping out into the unknown is the invitation of Our Saviour, tapping us on the shoulder with enthusiasm, asking us to let Him guide us through our life's journey of self discovery. Walking together in friendship with our greatest friend requires our sacrifices, for we are asked to walk in faith...never by sight.
On trips to Poland JP11 gave tacit support to the Solidarity organisation. These visits contributed to the collapse of East European Communism that took place between 1989/1990, with the reintroduction of democracy in Poland, spreading through Eastern Europe.
Never underestimate the willingness of Our Saviour to reveal the best that we can offer to the human race, when asking us to trust Him in complete confidence showing us how best to live our life reflecting The Father's life, alive in ours.
Do not be afraid. Do not be satisfied with mediocrity. Put out into the deep and let down your nets for a catch. ! Pope John Paul 11