Pope at Angelus

Pope at Angelus: It Doesn’t Matter Who You Know, to Get to Heaven, You Need a Good Life of Faith It does not matter who you know, it takes a good life of faith, to get you to Heaven. Pope Francis stressed this during his Aug. 25 Angelus Address to the faithful in St. Peter’s Square as he reflected...

Extraordinary, unimaginable adventure

It happened on October 8, 1966.  On that day, Archbishop Wojtyła, who was already the Archbishop of Kraków called in Fr. Dziwisz.  “Please come over to me. To help me…”  He chose him as he always heard good opinions about him.  And so, from that moment their life paths crossed for good.  Fr...

Peregrination of the Triptych

God’s Providence watches over us and allows us to live a great and important moments in the Church, in the parish, in the family and our lives.  The year 2020 is the year of the Great Jubilee, exactly on May 18th, there will be the 100th anniversary of the birth of Great John Paul II.  In order to...

August 22nd – Feast of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Queen 

The feast was introduced by Pope Pius XII by the encyclical “Ad Caeli Reginam” (To the Queen of Heaven) issued on October 11, 1954, on the 100th anniversary of the proclamation of the dogma of the Immaculate Conception of Mary.  Already during the First Vatican Council in 1869, French...

Such a funny story, although in a very serious context

It reminds me of such a funny story, although in a very serious context.   It was probably the last visit of George Bush with the Holy Father.  I remember, that he Holy Father was quite weak, had problems with reading, speaking.  At first, he met with Bush in the library, for a private audience, in...

If somebody will be asking, Franciszkańska 3 Street

– How everything looked like on the other side of the window? – The Holy Father always preferred to meet with young people before supper, but sometimes the supper was delayed and he did not want for the...

They ate together, prayed, walked, and sang

John Paul II apparently took great care of meeting old friends. He always remembered them. The last such school meeting at Castel Gandolfo lasted almost a week. It was in 1998 for the 60th anniversary of the...

A short nap after dinner was enough for him

During a day, a short nap after dinner was enough for him; fifteen minutes, maybe half an hour.  He very quickly was regaining his strength; the same during his regular day as well as during pilgrimage.  And, when after...

Halfway through the preparatory course

The summer course for candidates for a scholarship program at the John Paul II Foundation Home in Lublin is mostly a time of intensive education under the guidance of experienced professors from the universities of...

Going back home and to the ends of the world…

– Your first pilgrimage together? – To Poland in June 1997. The journey home, you can tell. Then, the year 1999, Mexico and the United States. – For the first time, what previously the Archbishop...

He was a great strategist and diplomat

Somebody masterminded a joke: “What is the difference between a Pope and the Holy Spirit? The Holy Spirit is everywhere, and the Pope was already there.”  Then, someone repeated to another person and so it began to be...