Just a short thought for the moment.
We can all understand something of the value of life, but why must we die?
I know and accept the theological purposes, but it seems to me there is also a functional component. As literally millions of people file past the body of Pope John Paul II in respect and love, it occurs to me, that it is the signal of that death which highlights life, by reminding us there is an end to these things. As Christians, we believe in the eternal life granted by God through Jesus Christ, but even so, we take note of death, to mark the lesson of a life we come to know.
Even in death we may learn something of love, goodness, and hope.
God rest you, brother Karol. Your example is one to remember and remind others.