"St. John of the Cross and St. Therese of Lisieux were
not only his masters, they led him to discover himself,
they explained and justified his own life." -Wojtyla
Heather King wrote about him in this month's Magnificat.
I mentioned him in a comment to a friend last week regarding 'lay-spiritual directors' - Tyranowski sort of played that role for Pope John Paul in his young life.
Heather describes him from JPII's writings in a way which impressed me that he was something of an eccentric, perhaps a misfit - a saintly misfit, no doubt. St. John Paul said he was saintly, and it appears Tyranowski's cause for canonization is underway. It makes me wonder about how many saints I may have met - people I thought were eccentric misfits, with little quirks - or big quirks - but who were holy and good. And then there is me - weirder than the average bear, but not very saintly.
I like this from JPII on his friend everyone thought was so strange:
"The bottom of life ... where night usually reigns."
"Tyranowski was truly one of those unknown saints, hidden among others like a marvelous light at the bottom of life at a depth where night usually reigns."
John Paul understood.