Today, April 2, is the third anniversary of the day in 2005 when Pope John Paul II went "to the house of the Father."
I was blessed to once attend a Mass celebrated by JPII -- on the Great Lawn of New York City's Central Park, in October, 1995. That day, the Pope said to us in a loud voice:
"Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid. Do not be afraid. Be brave! God is with you!"