In sickness and suffering - in everything that caused him pain, even the assassination attempt - John Paul II always saw God's will and God's goodness; he was able to see the greater good that God was preparing for him. I remember when he had to step away from the window not being able to speak to the faithful gathered at St. Peter's Square. . .he said, 'Maybe it would be better that I die if I cannot fulfill my mission.' Immediately after saying this, however, he added: 'May Your will be done. Totus Tuus.'
I looked at his life and was with him right until he entered God's house, and I testify that it was always like this - right up to his last heartbeat. . .
During the funeral ceremony, the wind closed page by page the Book of the Gospels that was placed upon the papal coffin. . .but it didn't close the book that this loyal Witness of Divine Truth and Love wrote in people's hearts, through his very life."
(Excerpt from the homily of Archbishop Stanislaw Dziwisz delivered at the shrine in Lagiewniki, Poland October 16, 2005)