Charles Johnston

Today's liturgy shows us the person of John the Baptist of whom, even the prophet Isaiah said that “he is the voice in the desert”

June 24 1984 Finding Justice and the Voice in the Desert

  [opening remarks] In the month dedicated to the Sacred Heart, the year of the anniversary of papal visits to our country, we gather, for 30 months now, as always, on the last Sunday at the high Mass for Our Nation for and those who suffer for her the most. We will enclose in our prayers all of our nations’ difficult and still painful matters. We want to ask Christ for help to realize in our daily lives all the advice of the Holy Father from His second pilgrimage to our land. We want to ask that all those who have been unjustly deprived of freedom because of their beliefs and because of their great concerns for the fortunes of our country, be set free. We want to ask for a clarification of truth and a victory for justice in the case of Grzesiu Przemyk. We want to ask that the times of disregard for the Nation finally end and be replaced by happy reconstruction in harmony, love, justice, truth and regard for the dignity of man. Aware of our human imperfections let us ask God for forgiveness for all our sins and omissions, so we can worthily and fruitfully celebrate this Mass. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on June 24 1984 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] Today’s liturgy shows us the person of John the Baptist of whom, even the prophet Isaiah said that “he is the voice in the desert” (Is 40, 3). The man who prepared […]

May 27 1984, Live by truth, is gaining the virtue of bravery

May 27 1984, Live by truth, is gaining the virtue of bravery

[opening remarks] As every month, we embrace all our hardships and the painful concerns of our Country in our sincere prayer. Today we send our prayers to the throne of our Heavenly Father through the Holy Mother to whom the month of May is especially dedicated. We ask for the day when, in our nation, brother will not hatefully raise his hand against brother. For the day when those imprisoned for their beliefs will come home and will be able to give unconditionally their strength, their minds and their hearts to their Country. For the day when everybody who had been deprived of his job, for various reasons, will be able to work again. For the day when our Country will have peace, love, justice and true freedom. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on May 27, 1984 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] During the disgraceful, for all humanity, process of Jesus Christ, Pilate put forward a question which was, and always will be, timely: „What is the truth?”. For a Christian the answer to this question is simple, Christ Himself gave it when He said about himself: “I am the way, the truth and the life”(J 4, 6). Christ is then the truth, and everything He proclaimed is true. Lies had no means of reaching His mouth. It is for this truth, which He loudly pro- claimed, that He gave His life. The apostles, for whom Christ became the only truth, gave up their lives for Him proclaiming His […]

April 29 1984 Mass Celebrated by Bishop Zbigniew Jozef Kraszewski

Holy Mass for the Fatherland on April 29 1984 was celebrated by Bishop Zbigniew Jozef Kraszewski who delivered the sermon. [closing remarks] Just so Warsaw does not brag that there are so many of us here… We are so many because we have many visitors from other cities. I want to thank sincerely those who went to a lot of trouble to arrive here. Not all could come. I had a phone call from Piekary Slaskie before Mass. They were detained for 48-hours. The reason? The Mass in Warsaw. They were allowed to go half-an-hour before Mass. They called me immediately to say that they are with us in heart only. Nevertheless, their families from Zakopane, Piekary Slaskie, Slupsk, Wroclaw, Kolobrzeg, Czestochowa, Gdynia, Gdansk, Siemianowice, Michalowice Slaskie, farmers from Wierzbno, representatives from Bialystok, Krakow, Lublin, Ostroleka, Garwolin, Lapy, Suwalik, Nowa Huta, Ostrow Mazowiecki, Lodz, from Malborek, Kielce, Bielska-Biala, Torun, Swidnik, Lubin, Siedlce, Swinioujscie, Chelm,Mistrzejowice, Bransk, Oswiecim and Huta Baildon in Katowice and many others who I have not mentioned – It is impossible to mention everybody. One more request. As always we are leaving for our homes in absolute silence, in meditation. Let us not abandon the atmosphere of prayer which we have maintained here for almost two hours. We are not distributing any pamphlets, we do not show any pamphlets, we do not give anybody the opportunity to use our gathering for provocation. God bless you.

voice of the youth

March 25 1984 The Voice of the Youth

[opening remarks] On the same day that Holy Father consecrated the entire world, peoples and nations to the Heart of the Blessed Mother, we gather at our Church’s altar to bring the prayers for our Country and for those who suffer most for her. So, through the Blessed Mother’s hands we place our prayers before God’s throne enclosing in our clumsy words all the pains, concerns and worries of our Nation. In a special way, in our prayers, we include those who cannot be with us be- cause they are in prison, that is the leaders of “Solidarity”, the Committee of the Defense of the Workers, Confederation of Independent Poland, Dr.Bednarkiewicz, as well as the imprisoned last month for independent thinking, author Marek Nowakowski, and all those imprisoned for their beliefs. We commend our brothers who paid with their lives for the love of their country. We commend the school children of Garwolin who bravely stood up in the defense of Christ’s cross. We place at the altar of Christ, our Lord, with humility and faith, everything that connects us to the Country. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on March 25 1984 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] Holy Mother, we who gather in this Zoliborz church each month at the Mass for Our Country, for those who suffer for her the most, on this day when Holy Father entrusts the entire world to You, all peoples and all nations. We place in your blessed hands, You the best of […]