John Paul II Foundation

It was like a family, very cordial and so familiar….

When he got older, he was going for walks in Castel Gandolfo less often.  But, he did not abandon them; only he was taking a shorter paths, but he was walking. He had it in his blood.  Memories from Polish mountain tracks were returning with a stronger force when friends from Poland were coming to Castel Gandolfo; approximately 15-20 families.  Mrs. and Mr. Rybicki, Małecki, Tarnowski, Ciesielski.  They agreed among themselves when which family...

“Sing Mieciu”

When asked about the most lovable memory from those years, Archbishop Mokrzycki talks about walks which they had in gardens of the Papal summer residence.  The Holy Father was going to Castel Gandolfo after Easter, after Christmas, and for vacations, of course: at the end of July, August, and almost to the end of September.  At one time, it was after Easter, he went by himself with the Holy Father for a walk to the garden.  We approached the...

We were late the entire 20 minutes

– How Easter looked like at home? – The most family like was Sunday.  Nuns in the morning prepared breakfast:  eggs, cold cuts, cheeses, mazurek (short crust tart), Easter cakes (baby wielkanocne). There were also pisanki (Polish Easter eggs).  Nuns prepared them; everything traditional, Polish.  The Holy Father blessed the food. Then, we were breaking the eggs and exchanging wishes of health, strength, and God’s graces, as well as a...

Summary of JPII Sydney

On behalf of the JPII Chapter in Sydney, I’d like to wish everyone a very happy Easter time! As President of the Sydney Chapter, I was asked by my parish priest to speak to the congregation on the state of the Catholic faith in Australia and why it was necessary for the John Paul II Foundation to exist here. There is a strong undercurrent of anti-Catholicism in the country. This is not helped by the fact that only 12% of self-proclaimed...

Easter A. D. 2019

“O sublime mystery of this Holy Night! The night in which we relive the extraordinary event of the Resurrection. If Christ were to have remained a prisoner of the tomb, humanity and all of creation, in a certain way, would have lost their meaning. But you, Christ, are truly risen.”  John Paul II April 19, 2003                      Let the time of Easter joy Fills our hearts with God’s grace, Deepening our communion with God let us with...

Baptism includes us in God’s life

Today’s liturgical feast of the Baptism of the Lord closes the Christmas season, which we observed this year with exceptional fervor and participation. (…) This Christmas season has offered us a new occasion to...

Christmas

The Christmas holiday has a unique character. Mary, Saint Joseph and the child-God recall in our minds our own families in which we were born, and we were raised. However, the moment comes and for various reasons, we...

Merry Christmas!

Christmas is a mystery of joy! The Church shares in this same joy, surrounded by the light of the Son of God. It is the glory of the Eternal Word, who out of love has become one of us.         Jesus...