A visitor to the Hive pointed out a Peggy Noonan column which ran a few days ago. It is well-done and I pass Dennis' recommendation of it to you all, and join with my own. (You should also visit Dennis' own website, Vita Mea, by clicking his name on the line above. Just promise to come back!)
You may remember that Christopher Hitchens scoffed when Mother Teresa died. No doubt others will take their shots at John Paul II in death, the way many have in life. It's easier to do that than to take up the challenge of either living or dying the way he has.