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Pope John Paul II

I have understood: the tree must be wounded
so that the scion should find its own place,
understood: the tree must be wounded
to let life seep through;
understood: I must open myself—
(my life’s frontiers shift so that
what is not mine becomes mine.
And should they not shift
so that mine becomes not mine?)

— Pope John Paul II, from “A Tale of a Wounded Tree,” The Place Within, trans. by Jerzy Peterkiewicz (Random House, 1982)

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