May 1, 2011: Confluence of Events?

Not only does May 1 fall this year on the Second Sunday of Easter which “has been observed since 2000 as ‘Divine Mercy Sunday’…associated with a 20th century Polish nun, St. Faustina Kowalska, who was a visionary and mystic to whom John Paul II had a strong personal devotion” but “ironically, May 1 is also ‘May Day,’ traditionally associated with the international Socialist movement, which is striking given that the collapse of European Communism is often flagged as John Paul’s central political accomplishment.”

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