Wind From Heaven

John Paul II: The Poet Who Became Pope

Monika Jablonska

Foreword by Cardinal Stanisław Dziwisz

Wind from Heaven is the story of the future pope Karol Wojtyła as poet and playwright, as true servant of the Word — a student of Polish literature, dramatist, actor, professor, philosopher, and priest, whose religious conviction added a moral dimension to world politics, transformed the Church, and changed the course of history.

Drawing on a wealth of Polish sources, Monika Jablonska throws a fresh light onto the personal and literary life of John Paul II for English-language readers, portraying the history of Karol Wojtyła’s native Poland, its literature, and faith-suffused culture as the crucible out of which emerged a boy, then a man of unbreakable spirit, who answered the call to priesthood, and became a pope who in face of immense worldly evils feared no one but God, giving ringing voice to Love and Hope with such moral clarity that the world rose up with courage in response. The reader of this inspiring book comes away in reverent awe of Karol Wojtyła, this “man from a far country” who answered the call as Saint Peter did before him. Like the Apostles in the Upper Room on the eve of Pentecost, he heard a great roar, like a wind from heaven, and took the Word of God into the world, armed with faith and a gift of languages to renew the face of the earth. 

Praise for Wind From Heaven

“Monika Jablonska has written a book that unites the two halves of Karol Wojtyła—the public Pope and the private Saint. Through her account we overhear the thoughts of a noble soul on its winding path to sainthood. Wind from Heaven is a natural companion to George Weigel’s great biography.”

— JOHN O’SULLIVAN, president of the Danube Institute in Budapest and a senior fellow of the National Review Institute in New York

Wind from Heaven is an inspired work on Pope John Paul II by someone who truly understands the man, his writing, his verse, his faith, his culture, and his beloved Poland. We are indebted to Monika Jablonska for this poignant book on a great and thoughtful man.”

— PAUL KENGOR, author of A Pope and a President: John Paul II, Ronald Reagan, and the Extraordinary Untold Story of the 20th Century

“In Wind from Heaven, Monika Jablonska helps us discover the making of this extraordinary poet, priest, and saint whose unequivocal moral clarity and courage my father greatly admired, and whose conviction that evil must be defeated, not accommodated, he always shared.”

— MICHAEL REAGANNew York Times Bestselling Author and the son of President Ronald Reagan

“Monika Jablonska is a remarkable woman, and in this volume offers us a remarkable understanding of Pope St. John Paul II not widely known—that is, as an artist and literary figure.”

— AUSTIN RUSE, author of Littlest Suffering Souls and Fake Science

“In her new work, Monika Jablonska showcases Karol Wojtyła’s life as one episode after another of theo-dramatic heroism, offering a taste of rich Catholic humanism to a generation of readers who were too young to experience the idealism and courage of the Wojtyła years.”

— TRACEY ROWLAND, University of Notre Dame (Australia), author of Catholic Theology and Ratzinger’s Faith: The Theology of Pope Benedict XVI

“From the world of theater comes the wordpersona, which means ‘mask.’ But this mask was for revelation, not concealment. The same actor could take on more than one role. By the end of this extraordinary book we know John Paul II as pastor, patriot, and Pole; literary author, quarry laborer, and political critic; philosopher, moralist, cultural observer, and contemplative; a man who accepted whatever role laid upon him by his Divine director.”

— DAVID W. FAGERBERG, University of Notre Dame, author of Consecrating the World

Wind from Heaven is a beautiful guide to the life and works of John Paul II: from his powerful impact on the modern political world, through his perennial lessons on love, labor, parenthood, and death, to the detailed presentation of the themes and style of his artful and penetrating poems and plays. Highly recommended.”

— KEVIN VOST, Psy.D., author of The Porch and the Cross: Ancient Stoic Wisdom for Modern Christian Living

About the Author

Monika Jablonska

Monika Jablonska

Monika Jablonska is an entrepreneur, lawyer, consultant, and business executive. She is currently working on her PhD dissertation, on social business. At the United Nations Conference on Sustainable Development in Rio de Janeiro in 2012, Monika launched her own social business called Nurture the World to feed hungry children around the world. She runs projects in the USA, Brazil, and Europe. In 2015, she received a Special Recognition Award from the American Institute of Polish Culture in Miami for her Nurture the World project. Monika was also nominated for Businesswoman of the Year in 2016. Wind from Heaven has previously been published in Poland, Brazil, and Colombia.