This is the tentative cover of the dust jacket of my biography of Albino Luciani, Pope John Paul I. The cover photograph (courtesy of Fondazione Papa Luciani Giovanni Paolo I di Canale d’Agordo) was taken as the pontiff walked in the Vatican gardens. One of his personal secretaries, Don Diego Lorenzi, was accompanying him but out of the field of site of the camera.
The title captures the essence of Luciani’s existence: his entire life was a journey of love. On the day before he died, he spoke movingly in English about love being a journey that we must all make steadfastly, despite the difficulties we encounter along the way in life:
“Love is like a journey…To love God is a wonderful journey, but sometimes it involves sacrifice…Because love is a journey, we must not stop…God wants us to make progress in love.”
Mo Guernon, Ed.M. / Biographer