Nine Days that Changed the Worldis a book about Pope John Paul II’s nine-day trip to Poland in 1979. The Pope’s pilgrimage laid the groundwork for the revolution of conscience that eventually brought down the Communist regimes throughout Eastern Europe. Thus those nine days really did change the world. Chick-Fil-A Appreciation Day could very well be the One Day that changes our world this year.
During Pope John Paul’s first trip to his homeland after being elected Pope, he did not assemble an army. He did not set up a network of spies. He did not give rabble-rousing speeches. He did not go to inspire a revolution.
He just preached the love of Jesus Christ, the person who is Truth personified. And literally millions of people came to listen. Those millions of people looked around and saw that they were not alone. The Polish people had been living in an oppressive regime since the end of World War II. The Communist regime created fear. The fear created a spiritual isolation: people not speaking their minds, not trusting each other, consuming a constant diet of lies. People became accustomed to not speaking truths that were right in front of their eyes.
The Pope’s visit brought millions of people into the sunlight. At one of his appearances, people started chanting: “We want God. We want God.” They weren’t supposed to want God. They hadn’t known how many of their neighbors also wanted God.