The Presentation of the Blessed Virgin Mary

“A beautiful idea, just like beautiful and profound is the meaning of this feast.  It teaches us that WE ALL SHOULD GIVE OURSELVES TO GOD. WE LIVE TO BE A GIFT TO HIM. And, the best indicator of this is the truth that He is a gift to us. “He gives himself to us…” – so we...

THE HARDEST IN LOVE IS FORGIVENESS

Every year spiritual retreat for the scholarship recipients of the John Paul II Foundation in Lublin is a special time in their calendar. This was a special time for regaining spiritual life, recognizing their calling and getting closer to God. This year’s first series of retreats for...

Saint Rafał Kalinowski

“At the end of your life they will judge you how you love others” – ​​said Saint John of the Cross. Four centuries after his death, another son of Carmel Rafał Kalinowski, receives the glory of the altars in heaven. Let these words said by St. John of the Cross become for us as...

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...

Only I was ordinated on that day

I have received the ordination to be a priest by the unforgettable Prince Cardinal Adam Sapieha, Archbishop of Krakow, on the day on which this sacrament is usually not provided.  On November 1st, we celebrate the All...

Why not me?

In the years of my youth I have witnessed enormous sufferings and painful experiences. The generation to which I belong experienced horrors of war, concentration camps, and persecution.  In my Homeland, during the...

He baptized, confirmed, ordained, confessed…

He ordained almost three thousand priests and more than a hundred bishops.  He, himself baptized, confirmed, blessed marriages, confessed.  The sacraments were an important part of his pontificate, his daily routine. ...

CONCERT IN TRIBUTE TO ST. JOHN PAUL II

  On Sunday, November 3, 2019, the New York Chapter of the John Paul II Foundation organized in the hall of the Polish-Slavic Center in Greenpoint, another concert of the cycle – “In tribute to Saint John Paul...

Saint Charles Borromeo – November 4

Today’s liturgical memorial of Saint Charles Borromeo is an opportunity to remind you that he was the patron of the baptism of Saint Karol Wojtyła. John Paul II on November 4, 1978, said: “My beloved parents...

Pope Francis on Jesus Seeking Zacchaeus

‘The Lord’s merciful look reaches us first before we realize our need of Him to be saved’Pope Francis on November 3, 2019, commented on the Gospel reading for the day, the well-known story of Zacchaeus, a short...

All Souls Day

The Holy Father John Paul II wrote in the “Rome Triptych”: “And, so the generations are passing by.  Naked are coming to this world and naked go back to earth, from which they were taken”.  The Pope was adding: “Stop...

November 1st – All Saints’ Day

“Today’s feast invites us to lift our eyes to heaven, the goal of our earthly pilgrimage.  There, the festive community of the saints awaits us.  There, we will meet our dear departed ones for whom we pray in...

Journalist of John Paul II

Why is the memory of John Paul II so important?  How much did his pontificate change the Church and its critics are wrong?Włodzimierz Rędzioch:  – You started your career at the Vatican in the year, which is known...