In a series of short essays, John F. Crosby surveys the personalist thought of John Paul II, revealing how his uniquely insightful understanding of the human person shaped the life and teaching of the Holy Father.
"I devote my very rare free moments to a work that is close to my heart and is devoted to the metaphysical sense and mystery of the person. The evil of our times consists in the first place in a kind of degradation, indeed in a pulverization, of the fundamental uniqueness of each human person." – Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II) in a letter to the theologian Henri de Lubac
"Deep down most of us know that persons merit respect and should not be manipulated and commodified and demonized. Even when we are complicit in some such abuse of persons, we know better. Our better self revives when we are rebuked. And so we need to fan the flames of a certain sense for the person that has not been extinguished in the men and women of our time. We need to hear a prophetic voice that calls us back to the 'truth about man' that is still felt in our conscience. John Paul II is just the voice we need to hear." – John F. Crosby (from the preface)