Lessons in Hope

Lessons in Hope

My Unexpected Life With St. John Paul II

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Describes the author's friendship with St. John Paul II, recounting the end of the Cold War and the commotion caused by post-Vatican II Catholicism.
Publisher: New York :, Basic Books,, 2017.
Edition: First edition
ISBN: 9780465094295
Characteristics: x, 357 pages ; 25 cm
Contents: A dinner of consequence
Coincidence and providence
Lent in the third grade: Baltimore, 1960
First steps in philosophy: Baltimore, 1969-1973
Contesting the Council, Toronto, 1973-1975
Apprentice wordsmith: Seattle, 1975-1984
Front row seat: New York and Baltimore, October 1979
In the castle: Washington, 1984-1989
Cold War endgame: Washington, 1985-1989
EPPC, diplomacy, and Centesimus annus: Washington and Copenhagen, 1989-1991
New worlds
In the belly of the beast: Moscow, October 1990
Rookie Vaticanista: Rome, May 1991 and March-April 1992
"Do you have some Polish ancestors?": Warsaw, Kraków, Gdańsk, and Tarnów, June 1991
Pilsner on tap and martyr-confessors: Prague and Bratislava, October 1991
In the Alps: Liechtenstein, July 1992
Così Giovane: Rome, November 1992
After the revolution: Rome and Poland, 1992-1994
The biography that wasn't: Washington and Rome, Spring 1995
Parsing freedom: New York and Baltimore, October 1995
The witness, from inside
The Mandatum scribendi: Washington, January 1996
"That's obvious...": Rome, March 1996
Worse than Solzhenitsyn: Kraków, July 1996
"It was always 'them' and 'us'": Rome, September 1996
The indispensable man: Rome, 1996-1999
Spiral staircase: Rome, December 1996
Tutor, translator, librarian, nun: Rome, February-October 1997
"Humiliation at the hands of evil" and crypto-Lenin: Rome, January 1997
A pride of curialists: Rome, 1996-1999
"Something useful for the Universal Church": Rome, March 1997
Wojtyła's Poland in depth: Warsaw, Kraków, and Lublin, April 1997
Inside the Holy See
Israel negotiations, Austin, May 1997
Back in sync in Poland: Kraków, June 1997
Camels for daughters?: Lralów and Paris, August 1997
Polonia on the Potomac: Washington, 1997-1998
Literary architecture: Charleston, September 1997
"Who eez Bob DEE-lahn?": Rome, September 1997
"Are you proud to be an American?": Rome and Vienna, November-December 1997
The island prison: Cuba, January 1998
"What are you doing here? You are not from Milwaukee...": Rome, March 1998
"Joan or Gwyneth?": Rome, April 1998
"He is a source of light": Rome, April 1998
"You are getting grey": Poland and Rome, July-December 1998
Impeachment intervenes: Washington, July 1998-February 1999
Last lap: Washington and Rome, January-June 1999
Jubilee pilgrim's progress
A long embrace: Rome, September 1999
On the road: the United States, Canada, and Europe, October 1999-January 2000
Wisdom personified: Jerusalem, March 2000
Back home in Poland: Warsaw, Gdańsk, Poznań, Wrocław, and Kraków, May 2000
Lusitania and Oz: Portugal and Australia, June and October 2000
Erasmus, the ethereal Spanish Pyrenees, and a report to the Pope: New York, Pamplona, and Rome, November-December 2000
Via crucis
Under the golden dome: Notre Dame, February 2001
Abraham Lincoln in full pontificals: Rome, February-March 2001
Chilled Guinness, Michael Jackson, Honorable Members, and unhappy tabletistas: Ireland, England, Scotland, March 2001
Ben-Hur and the Pope: Rome, May 2001
New world disorder: Rome, October-November 2001
the long Lent: Portugal, Toronto, and Germany, 2002
The Iraq crisis: Washington and Rome, January-April 2003
Dark night and silver jubilee: Rome, October 2003
T.S. Eliot and a good story ruined: Rome, December 2003
"I proved them wrong": Rome, December 2004
Fourteenth station: Rome, March-April 2005
Mission continued
A gold mine of secrets: Poland and Rome, 2007-2008
Beatification and a life reconsidered: Rome, 2006-2008
A promise kept: Washington and Poland, 2010-2012
Lessons in hope.
Summary: Describes the author's friendship with St. John Paul II, recounting the end of the Cold War and the commotion caused by post-Vatican II Catholicism.


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