“Sarah and the Pope”

Seventeen years ago today, Sarah Faye Longo was born at Marion General Hospital, in the middle of a tumultuous day. Tornado warnings were posted for Marion, but fortunately, nothing bad happened. At the time of her birth, Bob Carlisle’s song “Butterfly Kisses” was the number-one song in the country. Every time I hear that song, I think of Sarah.

She is a true leader (as witnessed by her becoming 2014-15 River Valley FFA President) who excels both inside and outside the classroom. We love you, Sarah!

Today also is the 94th anniversary of the birth of Pope Saint John Paul II in Wadowice, Poland. As the Holy Father of the Catholic Church from October 16, 1978 to April 2, 2005, John Paul II indirectly and directly led the fight to bring down communism in Eastern Europe, including his native land of Poland.

But he did something else. He improved the self-esteem and image of Polish people. Prior to his ascension to the Papacy, Americans often told Polish jokes and used derogatory words to describe people of Polish descent. Those practices came to a halt when John Paul II became Pope.

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