With all the negative comments being made on JPII I thought I would give a few of his quotes on what he actually taught about our relationship with Jesus "It is Jesus that you seek when you dream of happiness; he is waiting for you when nothing else you find satisfies you; he is the beauty to which you are so attracted; it is he who provokes you with that thirst for fullness that will not let you settle for compromise; it is he who urges you to shed the masks of a false life; it is he who reads in your hearts your most genuine choices, the choices that others try to stifle. It is Jesus who stirs in you the desire to do something great with your lives, the will to follow an ideal, the refusal to allow yourselves to be ground down by mediocrity, the courage to commit yourselves humbly and patiently to improving yourselves and society, making the world more human and more fraternal." "The most beautiful and stirring adventure that can happen to you is the personal meeting with Jesus, who is the only one who gives real meaning to our lives." "Only in the encounter with him, the Word made flesh, do we find the fullness of self and happiness. Religion itself, without the experience of wondrous discovery of the Son of God and communion with him, who became our brother, becomes a mere set of principles that are increasingly difficult to understand, and rules that are increasingly hard to accept." "Christianity is not an ideology; it is a personal encounter with the Risen Christ. The most consoling effect of this encounter is precisely, the certaintly that, this everlasting and overwhelming love with which God loves us means he will never abandon us." "While we may have assented intellectually to the Lordship of Jesus Christ, we may not have sufficient personal experience of his power in our lives to give us the boldness and assurance to procalim him as Lord and Savior to our society and our world." "Evangelization requires us to have a personal encounter with the Lord, a personal relationship with Jesus." "The burning desire to invite others to encounter the One we have encountered, is the start of the evangelizing mission to which the whole Church is called." "Neither theological knowledge nor social action alone is enough to keep us in love with Christ unless both are preceded by a personal encounter with him." "As followers of Jesus, we progress from hearing of Christ, to encountering him personally and experiencing conversion. Conversion leads to communion with those around us, then to solidarity with the human family. When that is integrated, we are compelled to proclaim Jesus to those who have not heard, to try to reach those who turned away." "If it is genuine, the personal encounter with the Lord will also bring a renewal of the Church: as sisters and neighbors to each other, the particular Churches of the continent will strengthen the bonds of cooperation and solidarity in order that the saving work of Christ may continue in the history of America with ever greater effect. Open to the unity which comes from true communion with the Risen Lord, the particular Churches, and all who belong to them, will discover through their own spiritual experience that the enocunter with the living Jesus Christ is the path to conversion, communion, and solidarity. To the extent these goals are reached, there will emerge an ever increasing dedication to the new evangelization of America." “The Church wishes to serve this single end: that each person may be able to find Christ, in order that Christ may walk with each person the path of life, with the power of the truth about man and the world that is contained in the mystery of the Incarnation and the Redemption and with the power of the love that is radiated by that truth.” -John Paul II, Redemptor Hominis, No. 13, March 4, 1979.