I have been meaning to start a blog for a long time, but the idea came to me (or was sent) on a trip to England last December. But how to make it happen?
How to explain the Campion transformation?! What made a sickly old man into a pillar of strength and hope - like John Paul II? How can we explain the radical change in the life of St. Edmund, John Paul II, or any other?
What transformed weakness into strength? How did they become real men and saints? There's no magical recipe, but their examples show us the way.
Evelyn Waugh writes about Campion's transformation in his biography. He specifically refers to Campion's change when he joins the Jesuits,
To the superficial observer there might seem to be little change. He was leading the old life which he knew and loved...and Campion suddenly emerges as a hero.
Campion stands out from even his most gallant and chivalrous contemporaries...by the supernatural grace that was in him. That the gentle scholar, trained all his life for the pulpit and the lecture room, was able at the word of command to step straight into a world of violence, and acquit himself nobly; that the man, capable of the strenuous heroism of that last year and a hall, was able, without any complaint, to pursue the sombre routine of the teacher and contemplative without impatience a lifetime so employed - there lies the mystery which sets Campion’s triumph apart from the ordinary achievements of human strength.