Today is the third anniversary of Pope John Paul's death. Recently I read an account of what happened the day when he was shot. It was truly a miracle that he survived, because clinically he was in such grave condition that he very nearly died. Thank God that he survived for another 24 years. During that time he gave the Church a marvelous wealth of teaching, especially with his theology of the body. It will take a long time to unpack it all. The Church will be blessed for many years to come with his lucid explanations of man and woman and the meaning of the gift of self.