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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 […]


December 26 1982 1

[opening remarks] We stand, at the altar of Christ united in the prayer for our Country and those who suffer for her most. In the month of December especially, pain, suffering and hope are intertwined. Pain – because the anniversaries of our brothers and workers whose lives were taken in 1970 and 1981 are fresh in our minds. Suffering – because many of our brothers and sisters remain behind prison gates. Hope – that in spite of everything, we will work for the true good of our Country and we shall feel that we are its managers. Hope, even betrayed, never dies. Joy – because here God Himself comes down to man as a child in a manger in Bethlehem, to give strength to the people of good will in their battle for good, freedom and justice. We place all these concerns and our joy on Christ’s altar asking that He transforms them into the grace of enduring in the hope of victory of good against evil. We especially join our hearts with those, interned a few day ago and arrested today, who have sent us the following greetings: Holy Mass for the Fatherland on December 26 1982 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. In these days of Christmas we are particularly united by the firm bond of human identity. In spite of being apart, our hearts and thoughts are with you present here with us, and we concelebrate this Holy Mass and the common pra- yer to God for happiness […]


WESTERPL, Solidarność, September 26 1982

Respect of Human Rights in the Face of Adversity 1

Introduction by Paul Hensler: Month after month the secret police maintained their pressure on Father Jerzy. Every time he delivered the sermon at a mass for the Fatherland the SB would deliver another dose of harassment; his tires were slashed, his car splashed with paint and police vehicles would sit outside the rectory every night , rev their engines and sound their sirens every hour on the hour.  It was not only Father Jerzy who suffered from lack of sleep and flat tires. The same was happening to His pastor Father Bogucki and the resident priests and nuns who lived in and near the rectory. The police could silence Father Popieluszko either directly by building up criminal charges against the priest, or by stealth, by demonstrating that the priest was in so much personal danger the Church should transfer him. Perhaps to Rome, perhaps to the countryside, far away from workers, from intellectuals, and from Solidarity. In response to all of the Communist Government’s tactics, Father Jerzy Popieluszko delivered the following sermon at the mass for the fatherland on September 26, 1982. [Opening Remarks] We stand today with the crucifix in our hand at the Mass for Our Fatherland and for those who suffer injustice in our land. This way we want to emphasize that, in the crucifix, everything has its sense. Everything, which we know as pain, suffering, physical or spiritual torture. All that we commonly know as the cross of our lives, the cross of our Nation, takes on greatest meaning by being […]


September 26 1982

In response to all of the Communist Government’s tactics, Father Jerzy Popieluszko delivered the following sermon at the mass for the fatherland on September 26, 1982. [Opening Remarks] We stand today with the crucifix in our hand at the Mass for Our Fatherland and for those who suffer injustice in our land. This way we want to emphasize that, in the crucifix, everything has its sense. Everything, which we know as pain, suffering, physical or spiritual torture. All that we commonly know as the cross of our lives, the cross of our Nation, takes on greatest meaning by being connected with the cross of Christ. There is no church without the cross, no sacrifice, no blessing, no service without the cross. There is no permanence and no victory without the cross. Everyone who succeeds in just endeavors wins through the cross and in the cross. The Church must proclaim the truth. The Church is to defend the downtrodden. In the name of truth the Church cannot overlook evil and human abuse without concern. So today, the Church embraces all the painful events taking place in our country, it embraces especially those who are imprisoned, those unjustly condemned, those who are interned, the disregarded, the unemployed. All of them are, through their suffering, in a special way, like the suffering Christ. Today also is the first anniversary of the blessing of the Solidarity banner for the FSO Warszawa Union members. The banner which, as well as the word “Solidarnosc” displays the image of St. Christopher the […]