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«Retr ieving the Tradition A MEDITATION ON GIVENNESS1 JOHN PAUL II “[I]n creating man as man and woman, God imprints on humanity the mystery of that ...»

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Yes. We must ourselves be a total gift, a disinterested, sincere gift in order to recognize, in every man, the gift that he is, and to thank the Giver for the gift of the human person.—Translated by Maria MacKinnon.12

POPE ST. JOHN PAUL II (1920–2005) was canonized by Pope Francisin April 2014.

12. The original meditation can be found on the online platform Opoka:

http://www.opoka.org.pl/biblioteka/W/WP/jan_pawel_ii/inne/medytacja_08021994.html. I would like to thank Hannah Ashfield and Fiorella Nash for their close reading of my initial drafts and support in proof-reading. I would also like to gratefully acknowledge the work of Pascal Ide who translated the meditation into French—a language somewhat closer to English than the original Polish—in 2012. His translation was accompanied by a useful indepth analysis of the text and its background (cf. Pascal Ide, “La ‘Méditation sur le thème du don désintéressé’ de Jean-Paul II. Une présentation,” Nouvelle

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