May 29 1983

May 29 1983, From far back You are Poland’s Queen, Oh, Mary

[opening remarks]
 The month of May is devoted to the Most Holy Mother in a special way. So we put our intentions in the hands of the Mother of God and ask Her to bring them to the throne of God Most High: – for our Country with its continuing fears and uncertain tomorrows; – for mothers concerned for the future of their children; – for the abused youth which has become the main target of abuse and hate; – for the dead Grzegorz Przemyk, whose tragic death topped up the cup of suffering measured out to the Polish youth; – for his mother Barbara who, while distraught, bravely bears her loss; – for those deprived of their freedom and earnings; – for the Holy Father’s pilgrimage to his Homeland and that it helps towards a uniting of hearts and minds, strengthened by faith, hope and love; – take everything that hurts us and that which makes us happy, Holy Mother, take it to the Almighty God’s throne. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on May 29 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] The prayer of tortured hearts is always efficacious and fruitful. Today we stand at Christ’s table with a tormented and painful heart. In this, Mary’s, month, our prayer hastens to God through Her hands. In the clumsy words of our prayer we have to enclose everything which makes us happy and that which pains us. “From far back You are Poland’s Queen, Oh, Mary”. 
From as far back, […]


april 24 1983

April 24 1983, Come to me all you who labor

[opening remarks] 
As always, we stand before Christ to prayerfully enrich our country, so we can take to our hearts all the most difficult concerns of our Homeland. All those who suffer injustice, especially those arrested last month. Those unjustly committed, those who have to hide in an attempt to retain their dignity and clear conscience, those deprived of work and, in different ways deprived of human dignity, our dear brothers from the Cracow Commission of Solidarity who are in prison maintaining their position and staying faithful to our ideals. In a special way, we shall pray for the Warsaw miners who, two years ago had their banner blessed in this church. The banner which was and is interwoven with our search for freedom, justice and love. We ask St Florian, the patron saint of miners, to help retain in our hearts all the ideals so, that soon, they may become a reality in front of which all hate and violence will have to kneel. And that everyone in the country will deserve to live and to work. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on April 24 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] The words of the Gospel, which we have just heard, refer in particular, to people who work hard. “Come to me all you who labor and I will give you rest…”. Hard working people require a special understanding of their efforts, hardship and sweat.
Work is the unquestionable companion of man. It has to save him, to ennoble him. Thus […]


March 27 1983

Holy Mass for the Fatherland on March 27 1983

Holy Mass for the Fatherland on March 27 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko, who delivered the sermon. [homily]
Holy Mass is the most perfect form of prayer which faithful people bring to God, the Father of peoples and nations. It is through our prayer that we wish to serve God and our neighbors. We want to include God in our difficult and painful concerns for our Nation. Serving God means looking for ways into human hearts. Serving God means to speak of evil as a disease, which one has to reveal, in order to cure it. Serving God means to recognize evil and all its ways. The description of the suffering and death of our Savior, just read, shows us how much Christ had to suffer, how much humiliation from those who did not want to accept the words of truth which He proclaimed, from those who unjustly sentenced Him to death on the cross. That was the reward pro- posed for Christ for His love and sacrifice for the good of humanity. They forgot; however, they did not want to under- stand that although Love and Truth may be crucified, they cannot be killed. Out there, on the cross, Truth and Love triumphed over evil, over death, over hate. We are the disciples of Christ and that is why we understand how much the absence of Truth and, the triumph of hate, in our country, stands in the way of together building our Nation. It stands in the way of the dialog and […]


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 […]