Angelo Roncalli, the man who became Pope John XXIII and who convened the Second Vatican Council, is a rich and full-hearted spiritual companion. Pope John challenges us to trust modernity, even when the times don’t seem to deserve our trust; he models a love of history from which we may learn about life; he teaches us to keep our wit, even when faced by detractors; and he reminds us that if the Lord has given us so much, then there must be a divine plan for its use. Perhaps most important, he has given us a clear and unmistakable vision of the Gospel and its power to renew the face of the earth.
Bill Huebsch is a writer and teacher in Pine City, Minnesota. He holds degrees from the Catholic Theological Union of Chicago, and throughout the years has worked in parish and diocesan roles that keep him “close to the pews.”