You know it's going to be a good day when you wake up to a text message that informs you that John Paul's beatification will be on May 1, 2011. When I first saw the date, I thought it was a strange day to schedule the event. It only took a couple of minutes of thinking, however, to realize that May 1 of this year is Divine Mercy Sunday, a feast day which the late Holy Father instituted. A little while later I was also struck by May 1 ("Worker's Day") as a day often associated with communism. What a fitting way to allow John Paul's witness to counter a communist vision of the human person once again.
The text for the decree of John Paul II's beatification is available here.