I do not have time, now I need to go to play soccer

Karol Wojtyła’s attitude as a Pope was neither the next phase of the Papacy evolution nor its new chapter.  It was a turbulent, even revolutionary breakthrough.  This has never happened before – no Pope has ever been “at hand”, none of the previous Heads of the church has demonstrated...

From Paris to Cracow and to Jasna Gora

On June 2, 1979 the plane with John Paul II landed in Warsaw. The bells were beating in all churches in Poland. After leaving the airplane, John Paul II made a greeting sign and kneeled and kissed the land. The crowds of believers welcomed him everywhere. That was exactly 40 years ago. Many people...

Fr. Sławomir Oder: From the beginning I was convinced of the holiness of John Paul II

  It has been many years, and today we see that attempts to break the John Paul II life history -notes the postulator in the canonization process of the Polish Pope.  As he adds, there is no room for “ambiguity, doubt or criticism” of the Holy Father in the documentation of the process...

The Blessed Karolina Kózka

The Blessed Karolina Kózka was born on August 2, 1898, in Poland, the Diocese of Tarnów, in the village of Wał-Ruda which then was a part of the parish of Radłów and has been included into the parish of Zabawa since 1913 – the date of its formation. She was the fourth youngest of eleven children of...

The Gospel Moves Christians from Fear to Faith

The Gospel Moves Christians from Fear to Faith Pope Francis today commented on one of the most frightening – and reassuring – Gospel passages, the day’s reading from the 21st chapter of Luke. The Holy Father’s remarks on Jesus’ discourse on the end times came before he prayed the noonday Angelus...

Pope Francis’ Homily for Palm Sunday

Pope Francis on April 14, 2019, celebrated Mass for Palm Sunday in St. Peter’s Square. An estimated 40,000 of the faithful joined in the service, which included the blessing of palms and reading of the Passion narrative...

Emilia Wojtyła – Mom of Karol Wojtyła

Passed away on April 13, 1929… quietly, calmly, as she spent her entire life… surrounded by her loved ones, to the end trusting in Divine Mercy.   I lost my Mom before the First Communion, when I was 9 years old, and...

We ate outside under the sky from plastic plates

We were leaving in the morning just after breakfast.  Earlier, the police did an interview, prepared some secluded place where no one would interfere the Holy Father and where no one would be interfered by people who...

Conversations with John Paul II. Truth

Faith and reason (Fides et ratio) are like two wings on which the human spirit rises to contemplate the truth. Truth is good, and lie, falsehood, and hypocrisy, are evil.  Words can sometimes express the truth in a...

FOLLOW ME

Follow me – this lapidary saying of Christ can be taken as the key to understanding the message which comes to us from the life of our late beloved Pope John Paul II. Today we bury his remains in the earth as a seed of...

I was always at his side and he went away alone

…until the moment of separation came; around us countless crowds. Present were personalities who came from far away; above all; however, his people; his young people; and, these, so meaningful and urgent banners.   The...

Tatr ani Bieszczad w Watykanie nie miał.

He puts on a cape and goes out to the terrace

It was setting the rhythm of his day.  Before the morning Mass, in his bedroom, he was praying the Rosary stretched out on the floor in the shape of a cross.  Then – private prayers and meditations in the chapel and...

“Holiness is made of love”

Said John Paul II in his homily during the Brother Albert beatification Mass in Kraków’s Błonia Park on June 22, 1983.  These words became the motto of the seminar which took place on Saturday March 30, 2019 at the...