Dropping the Ball with Vigor 5

Mea culpa…

I know you are all sitting on the edge of your seats, waiting for me to deliver on my promise to write about “Vigor!” (not). It appears that won’t happen today, because as I was searching vigorously for this quote:

“Do not be afriad! I can see that Americans are not afraid. They are not afraid of the sun, they are not afraid of the wind, they are not afraid of ‘today’. They are, generally speaking, brave, good people. And so I say to you today, always be brave. Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid. God is with you. Do not be afraid to search for God-then you will truly be the land of the free, the home of the brave. God Bless America.” John Paul II

…Time got away from me and I was not able to put it together in time to post anything decent this morning. My bad.

Actually, the reason I am posting this is to ask for a favor. I initially wanted to embed a video where John Paul II delivers this speech. I know it is out there, because I have seen it before, and to get the full impact of the Pope’s discourse, you have to hear him deliver it himself. I believe this quote is from his homily on Oct. 7, 1995 in Central Park, however, neither Youtube nor Google could help me to confirm that. I guess I will just have to sift through Wiegel’s Witness to Hope until I find it.

If anyone knows where I can find the video clip for this speech or confirm that I have the correct date and location, I would be much obliged.

Thanks for stopping by, Y’all. I feel I should at least leave you with a video. Enjoy!


    • It was a great discourse. You really have to hear him saying it to get the full effect. When I hear the word “vigor,” I think of Pope John Paul II passionately delivering these words, followed by the roar of the crowd. It was empowering.

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