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...

Totus Tuus

Let your singing cross borders! You know that the word Angel means sent. You are sent in your special way to spread God’s joy and through your singing show that faith is stronger than doubt, hope is stronger than...

PAPAL DAY IN MANCHESTER, CT

 Saint Teresa of Calcutta Parish, a diverse parish in Manchester, Connecticut, located within the Archdiocese of Hartford, was blessed to have received a Triptych with the icon of the Blessed Mother of Czestochowa...

NOVENA TO SAINT JOHN PAUL II

DAY 1 – LOVEHave the courage to live for love… A person’s greatness lies not in his possessions but in who he is, not in what he owns but in what he shares with others.(…) Today the message about purity of...

He had some kind of allergy to all that

Visiting other parts of the world with different religious situation, with different views on the Church and history, initially John Paul II was welcomed with distance.  In the Curia, some were calling him “Polish Pope”...