Today I watched the sobering movie "Katyn
" that was nominated for an Academy Award (Oscar) for best foreign language film. This film is the first account of the long-suppressed Katyn massacre
of 1940, in which more than fourteen thousand Polish prisoners-of-war, were murdered by the NKVD, the Soviet secret police.
They were murdered, one at a time, a fact that was recorded in their personal files. This is evidence that the Soviet Union failed to recognize or respect any international standards, not even with regard to prisoners of war. All the men who died did so as members of the Polish intelligentsia, and this paved the way for Stalin's subjugation of Poland.
It is so ironic that Saturday's crash of an aging Russian airliner ravaged the top levels of Poland's military, political and church elite, killing the Polish president and dozens of other dignitaries as they traveled to a ceremony in Katyn to commemorate a slaughter that has divided the two nations for seven decades.
Today, Divine Mercy Sunday, the world remembers Polish saint, Faustina Kowalska
. In 1937 she wrote: “As I was praying for Poland, I heard the words: I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming.”
God please have divine mercy on the nation of Poland and give her grace to complete that which you have planned for her to do in Europe and the world!