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From Poland will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming

St. Faustina Kowalska reported seeing a merciful Jesus, with beams of red and white light shining from his heart. In her diary, the cloistered mystic described a 1935 vision in which she was told the write down this prayer as protection from divine judgment: "Eternal Father, I offer You the Body and Blood, Soul and Divinity of Your dearly beloved Son, Our Lord Jesus Christ, in atonement for our sins and those of the whole world; for the sake of His sorrowful Passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world."

Some of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy thought the uneducated nun was unstable and the Vatican shunned her writings. But her visions impressed a young priest in nearby Krakow named Father Karol Wojtyla, who rose through the ranks from professor to bishop, archbishop and cardinal. Finally, he became Pope John Paul II.

The Polish pope was a champion of Faustina's "Divine Mercy" devotions. He testified: "The message of Divine Mercy has always been near and dear to me." In a sense, he said, it "forms the image of this pontificate." On April 30, 2000, John Paul II canonized her as St. Faustina.

It was in 1937, a year before she died of tuberculosis, the 32-year-old nun had another apocalyptic vision of Jesus.

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."

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Prayer for Catholic Charismatic fellowships in Poland

I have been praying for some time that God would break in on Catholic Charismatic fellowships in Poland. Iwona will be attending the 25th anniversary of a fellowship that she helped start called Hallelujah. The anniversary will take place October 4-11 in Wroclaw, Poland. If the funds come in, I would like our whole family to make the trip. I am praying that a fresh wind of renewal and revival would spread through the nation of Poland. That they would be a living example of what one of there own, John Paul ll, told the world to do.

A page taken from Hallelujah's journal taken over two decades ago of some of the leaders. I put a yellow border around Iwona.

Center of Wroclaw, Poland

John Paul ll, in 2000, called all parishes to become schools of prayer and places where "training in holiness" is given.

Our Christian communities must become genuine "schools" of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until the heart truly "falls in love"... It would be wrong to think that ordinary Christians can be content with a shallow prayer that is unable to fill their whole life.

He also cites several reasons why this turn to holiness of life and depth in prayer is important. Besides the fact that it is quite simply part and parcel of the Gospel message, he points out that the supportive culture of "Christendom" has virtually disappeared and that Christian life today has to be lived deeply, or else it may not be possible to live it at all.

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Day 31: Union with God - John Paul ll

John Paul ll cites several reasons why turning to holiness of life and depth in prayer is important. Besides the fact that it is quite simply part and parcel of the Gospel message, he points out that the supportive culture of "Christendom" has virtually disappeared and that Christian life today has to be lived deeply, or else it may not be possible to live it at all. He also points out that in the midst of this world-wide secularization process there is still a hunger for meaning, for spirituality. It is especially important now for Christian believers to be able to respond to this hunger and "show to what depths the relationship with Christ can lead" (NMI 33, 40). John Paul makes clear that this depth of union isn't just for a few unusual people ("mystics") but is a call that every Christian receives for Christ Himself. "This is the lived experience of Christ's promise: 'He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I will love him and and manifest myself in him' (Jn. 14:21)."

It is a journey totally sustained by grace, which nonetheless demands on intense spiritual commitment and is no stranger to painful purifications (the "dark night"). But it leads, in various way, to the ineffable joy experienced by the mystics as "nuptial union." How can we forget here, among the many shining examples, the teachings of Saint John of the Cross and Saint Teresa of Avila? (NMI 32)

These four principles that John Paul identifies are basic to a proper understanding of the spiritual journey.

  1. Union with God of this depth is totally unattainable by our own efforts; it is a gift that only God can give; we are totally dependent on His grace for progress in the spiritual life. Yet we know also that God is eager to give this grace and bring us to deep union. Without Him, we can do nothing, but with Him all things are possible (Jn. 14:4-5, Lk. 18:27, Phil. 4:13). Without God, successful completing the journey is impossible, but with Him, in a sense, we are already there. He is truly both the Way and the destination; and our lives are right now, hidden with Christ, in God (Col. 3:3).
  2. At the same time our effort is indispensable. Our effort is not sufficient to bring about such union, but it is necessary. The saints speak of disposing ourselves for union. The efforts we make help dispose us to receive the gifts of God. If we really value something we must be willing to focus on doing those things that will help us reach the goal. And yet without God's grace we cannot even know what's possible, or desire it, or have the strength to make any efforts towards it. It's God's grace that enables us to live the necessary "intense spiritual commitment." "You will seek the LORD you God and you will find Him, if you search after Him will ALL your heart and will ALL your soul" (Deut. 4:29).
  3. As the Gospel tells us, it's important to assess what's required before undertaking a task (before starting to build a tower, or entering into a battle in war) if we want to successfully complete it. Much has to change in us in order to make us capable of deep union with God. The wounds of both original sin and our personal sins are deep and need to be healed and transformed in a process that has its necessarily painful moments. The pain of purification is called by St. John of the Cross the "dark night." It is important not to be surprised by the painful moments of our transformation but to know that they're a necessary and blessed part of the whole process. "Through many tribulations we must enter the kingdom of God" (Acts 14:22).
  4. And finally, we need to know that all the effort and pain is worth it! Infinitely worth it. The pain of the journey will appear in retrospect to have been light, compared to the weight of glory that we were being prepared for (2 Cor. 4:16-18).

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Day 28: Called to Holiness - John Paul ll

Jesus summed up His teaching in a startling and unambiguous call to His follower: "You, therefore, must be perfect, as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Mt. 5:48). Perfect in purity of heart, perfect in compassion and love, perfect in obedience, perfect in conformity to the will of the Father, perfect in holiness - when we hear these words we can be understandable tempted to discouragement, thinking that perfection for us is impossible. And indeed, left to our own resources, it certainly is - just as impossible as it is for rich people to enter heaven, or for a man and woman to remain faithful their whole lives in marriage. But with God, all things are possible, even our transformation. John Paul II in his prophetic interpretation of the events of the second half of the twentieth century and the beginning of the twenty-first, Nove Millennio Ineunte, points out that the Holy Spirit is again bringing to the forefront of the Church's consciousness the conviction that these words of Jesus are indeed meant for every single one of us. He emphasizes that this call to the fullness of holiness is an essential part of being a Christian.

To ask catechumens: "Do you wish to receive Baptism?" means at the same time to ask them: "Do you wish to become holy?" It means to set before them the radical nature of the Sermon on the Mount: "Be perfect as your heavenly Father is perfect" (Mt. 5:48)... The time has come to repropose wholeheartedly to everyone this high standard of ordinary Christian living: the whole life of the Christian community and of Christian families must lead in this direction. (NMI 30, 31) - John Paul II

John Paul II goes on further to call the parishes of the third millennium to become schools of prayer and places where "training in holiness" is given.

Our Christian communities must become genuine "schools" of prayer, where the meeting with Christ is expressed not just in imploring help but also in thanksgiving, praise, adoration, contemplation, listening and ardent devotion, until heart truly "falls in love." ... It would be wrong to think that ordinary Christians can be content with a shallow prayer that is unable to fill their whole life. (NMI 33) - John Paul II

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Posted on April 2nd, 21.37

Exactly 3 years ago John Paul 2 died. My whole country froze for a while. People went out on the streets to pray and cry together. This is the "JP2 generation". This is the generation that has seen political independence for the first time after WWII, and John Paul was one of the main reasons they did. In 1979 he visited Poland for the first time. Still communistic oppression.

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This is how the lines looked to buy anything. (I remember during my vacation time I had to stand in a line twice a week at 5 am till they opened the store, at about 10 am, just in case something was delivered).

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An then we had a Polish pope who came to visit. The governmental, regime TV(we only had 2 channels, showing only about 8 h of programs on each) was showing the main parts of His pilgrimage, but the directions for the Media crew filming the meetings was strict: do not show the masses of people, only the close ups. The militia was everywhere.

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John Paul landed in Warsaw and this afternoon He preached about the Holy Spirit on the Victory Square in Warsaw. 1 mln people showed up.

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There he spoke words that changed the world in consequence.

I wołam ja, syn polskiej ziemi, a zarazem ja - Jan Paweł II, papież, wołam z całej głębi tego tysiąclecia, wołam w przeddzień Święta Zesłania, wołam wraz z wami wszystkimi: Niech zstąpi Duch Twój! Niech zstąpi Duch Twój! I odnowi oblicze ziemi. Tej Ziemi!” (Jan Paweł II, Warszawa, 2 czerwca 1979 r.)

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And I, the son of Polish land, and at the same time I - John Paul II, the pope, I am crying out from the depths of this millennium, I am crying at the dawn of Pentecost, I am crying with all of you:

May Your Spirit come!

May Your Spirit Come!

And change the outlook of land,

This land!

If you would ask people who were present there or those who watched TV what happened there, a lot of them would respond that that was the day their hope for freedom returned.

I watched Pope's visit then on TV. I remember that when He landed on Polish soil I knelt down (in front of TV, 13 years old) and prayed. Something happened then. It was like an awakening moment. I did not know how to describe that then. Even today I am not sure. Sense of worth, courage, hope, patriotism, a new beginning.

One year later "Solidarity" movement in Poland started. This was the beginning of the end for Communism as we knew it.

There is so much more I can share about this man...

His last words were: Let me go to the House of the Father. When He died, people were crying and clapping hands, missing Him and giving thanks to God for His life.

In Polish language "saint" and "holy" are one and the same word "swiety" (sh'vyeen-tee). So God is "swiety" and the saints are "swiety".During His memorial service, before it even began, people were carrying signs with the words: SUBITO SANTO, which is: SAINT NOW. Swiety juz teraz.

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