Daily Archives: March 29, 2016


February 27 1983

February 27 1983

[opening remarks]
We stand at Christ’s altar united in the prayer for our Country. Today our thoughts and our hearts go to those of our brothers who are in prisons. We shall pray that all those who are not guilty will regain their freedom. We join our prayers to the calls of Polish bishops, calls for amnesty for our brothers. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on February 27 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily]
The words of the prophet Isaiah, of which the Gospel reading have reminded us, have been fulfilled in the person of Jesus: “…He sent me to bring glad tidings to the poor, freedom to prisoners, sight to the blind, freedom to the persecuted and to proclaim the grace of God” (Luke 4, 18-19). The entire work of Jesus was intended to tell the people that they were created to be free, free as children of God. During all His time with us, Christ was helping people to understand the meaning and the value of human life, the meaning and the value of suffering. He diminished human suffering through physical and spiritual miracles. He made people conscious of the suffering and pain of others. God created man free to such an extent that he can accept God or reject Him. Love would not exist if we were forced to accept it. So where does slavery in our world come from, what are prisons for? There are prisons, which we do not see, many of them.
There are prisons into which people […]