Father Popieluszko


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 […]


First anniversary of Martial Law, August 1982

First anniversary of Martial Law, August 1982 1

Introduction by Paul Hensler: As the first anniversary of martial law approached Father Jerzy became more and more aware that the regimes letter writing campaign against him was causing concern with his Primate, Cardinal Glemp. He had to find a way to continue speaking the truth – but find others to say the actual words. In his sermon at the Fatherland Mass of August 29, he uses the quotes of three powerful church leaders to deliver his anti-government message.; First, Pope John Paul II, “The first love of those who govern is the love of those whom they govern”, then a quote from the late Cardinal Wyszynski, “Governments cannot be tyrants and a country cannot become an organized prison” and finally Primate Glemp” First, release Lech Walesa, Second, release all the interned.” It seemed that Father Popieluszko could not be deflected from his mission by the needling policies of the authorities, but he was becoming dog-tired. Small signs showed that the police and its informer network were drawing their web closer around him. The sermon of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, August 29, 1982: Holy Mass for the Fatherland on August 29, 1982 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [opening remarks] As each month, on the last Sunday, we gather at Christ’s altar to send up our prayers for the freedom of our Country. Free- dom which, as Monsignor Bogucki said a month ago, is not ours through anyone’s grace, but is given to us by God. Man was created free to such […]