Charles Johnston


February 26 1984 Freedom of Religion and Education

February 26 1984 Freedom of Religion and Education

[opening remarks] A prayer is a conversation with God. At our Holy Mass for Our Country, for those who suffer for her the most, we want to tell God about our Country’s difficult problems. So we commend to God, to the merciful God the imprisoned leaders, the Committee for the Defense of Workers and their families, the imprisoned Dr.Benarkiewicz from our parish and all those imprisoned for their convictions, those deprived of their jobs. We commend our teachers who fight for the right of conveying the truth to our children and our youth. We commend to God everything that hurts us. That worries us and we ask Him, through our prayers, to keep us strong in our faith, hope, and love. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on February 26 1984 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the Sermon. [homily] “Let the children come to me and do not prevent them” (Luke 18, 16) These words spoken by Christ and read just a moment ago, in the Gospel, sound the same as they did two thousand years ago. They are especially important in our post-war history. They are valid even today. These words spoken by Christ and read just a moment ago, in the Gospel, sound the same as they did two thousand years ago. They are especially important in our post-war history. They are valid even today. We are children of our Nation, the nation which for over one thousand years gives glory to God in the Holy Trinity. Our Nation was famous […]


January 29 1984, To Retain Human Dignity

January 29 1984, To Retain Human Dignity 1

[opening remarks] “Strengthen the hands that are feeble, make firm the knees that are weak. Say to those whose hearts are frightened : Be strong! Fear not!”(Is 35, 3-4). As each month, so also today we are in this church, reunited through the prayer for our Nation with one another and with those who suffer for Her. We are here to fulfill the call of Isaiah in relation to each other. In our meeting with God, we are to strengthen our hearts so as to be able to love more, clean our conscience, become stronger with God’s help and be able to say to our suffering brothers: Courage! Do not be afraid! Remain hopeful! Our prayer today will be accompanied by someone who, in a wonderful way, could join his love of God with his love for Country. The figure of Romuald Traugutt, leader of the January Rebellion, and today, a candidate for sainthood. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on January 29 1984 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] “God so loved the world that He gave His only Son so that everyone who believes in Him might not perish but might have eternal life.” (John 3, 16). God so loved man that He made him His child. He raised him to the status of God’s child. Do we sufficiently realize the meaning of this great distinction that being a child of God signifies? Do we realize what a great Honor it is? However, since God gave us freedom, He […]


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November 27 1983, the suffering Nation does bear fruit

Holy Mass for the Fatherland on November 27 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [opening remarks] We are united in front of Christ’s altar in our monthly Mass for Our Nation and those who suffer for it, who because of their imprisonment cannot pray together with us. On this day of November, we recall all those who gave their lives in the fight for the independence of their Motherland, the fight for freedom and social and personal justice. We remember and include in our prayers those killed on various war fronts, those tortured in Hitler’s camps and the Soviet labor camps, those forcefully evacuated, those exiled. We remember, and pray for our brothers who were taken from us by the present day Cains: our Underground and Home Army soldiers, the workers from Wielkopolska and Wybrzeze as well as those who fell in the past few years in the strange war between ruling powers and the Nation. [homily] Christ’s death on the cross, in spite of the assumption of those who condemned Him, was not a defeat but a Victory. His blood on the cross became the source of salvation. It opened to humanity the road to return to God’s Kingdom in heaven. The Kingdom of truth, love, justice and peace. The duty of building a kingdom based on these very foundations is what Jesus Christ put on everyone who made a pact with Him in the sacrament of baptism. The Polish nation, sworn to Christ and His teachings, for more […]


October 30 1983, Let your Spirit come down

[opening remarks] As every month, our love of God and Country brings us to Christ’s altar. What gathers us, is the concern for our Country. As always, so in this month, anxieties and joys are intertwined with hurts, suffering and hope. Joy, because together with the Holy Father, our countryman, we could rejoice for Lech Walesa’s Noble Prize, and through him, for the whole working world which searched, and still is searching for the good of the nation by way of reconciliation and peace. The pain, because our brothers are still in prisons, punished for their beliefs. Take all of this, all that brings us joy and all that hurts us, Oh, Mother of the Holy Rosary, and set it on the Almighty’s altar. And, in return, obtain for us greater and stronger faith, hope and love. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on October 30 1983 celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] Holy Father, we want so very much to include in the words of our letter, written with the ink of love, our thanks for Your goodness, Your wisdom, Your faith, hope and incalculable love. To thank You for being the best son of our Nation. We want to offer You our love of God and Country. We want to thank You for calling on the world on the very first day of Your pontificate, to open wide the doors for Christ . For breathing the Holy Spirit on Your Motherland during Your first pilgrimage with Your prayer and Your words […]