In his will, to which alterations were made on a number of occasions throughout the course of the spiritual exercises in the Vatican, John Paul II ordered those who could be considered his heirs to burn his personal notes when he died.
He addressed this request
to his trusted personal secretary, Stanislaw Dziwisz: “I ask that Fr.
Stanisław see to this, and I thank him for his help and collaboration,
so understanding for so many years.
Shortly after the Polish Pope’s funeral, we asked
the future Archbishop of Cracow why he did not fulfil the late Pope’s
wish. His response was that the notes were of historical importance.
Cracow has announced the publication on 5 February, of a book entitled
“I am in God’s hands. Personal notes 1962-2003”.
Polish publishing house
Znak, says the book contains “the most important personal, innermost
questions and moving reflections and prayers that marked [the Pope’s]
This includes “notes that show his concern for those
dear to him - friends and collaborators – and for the Church that was
entrusted to him.”
The notes, Polish Catholic news agency KAI adds,
“now become the key document in John Paul II’s canonization process.”
KAI quotes Cardinal Dziwisz saying: “I didn’t burn John Paul II’s notes
because they are the key to interpreting his spirituality, his innermost
self: his relationships with God, others and himself.”
said they were honoured to be publishing the book and promised that
great care would be taken in editing the book.