December 25,1983 Sermon, Good will of God

[opening remarks] “Glory to God in the highest and on earth peace to people of good will”. This is the proclamation of God given to men on Christmas Day. At this Mass for Our Country, we come together to give God glory, to strengthen ourselves through God, and through our daily lives, to realize the second part of this proclamation: “and on earth, peace to people of good will”. Strengthened by God we will be more able to build peace within ourselves, within our families, peace in our Nation. No one can build peace if he does not give glory to God in the highest while he is constructing it. Holy Mass for the Fatherland on December 25 1983 was celebrated by Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko who delivered the sermon. [homily] On this night of God’s birth it would suffice, instead of the homily, simply to shake hands, look deeply into each other’s eyes and embrace each other with love. To see the tears of those suffering. In our hearts, to embrace those imprisoned and their families. Hug the orphaned children, the all too soon widowed wives. Sing a Christmas carol. That would quite suffice. We could end with just that. However the day of God’s birth resounds with the proclamation of the Angel: “Glory to God in the highest and, on earth, peace to people of good will”. Because God entrusted peace to people on Christmas Day. Peace on earth. Peace of human hearts and consciences. Peace is what today humanity longs for the most. […]

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 […]

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 […]

Panoramic view of Warsaw at night in Poland, corpus christi

Sermon on the day of Corpus Christi

Today is the feast of Corpus Christi. In our entire nation Christ in the Eucharist leaves the churches and comes onto the streets to bless the villages and the towns. The feast of Corpus Christi is our opportunity to display to the world our faith in Christ’s presence in the Eucharist. Faith is one of the three great virtues: Faith, Hope and Charity. The sermon: Faith is the life-spring of the believer. It opens to man the perspectives which he would not otherwise notice. This faith enabled looking ahead into the far distant future, the opening of broader perspectives, leads to accusations that faith takes the believer’s mind away from its earthly surroundings and makes him unresponsive to his earthly, purely human interests. It takes him away from the daily reality in the name of something very distant, uncertain and, for many, frankly unrealistic. Such accusations are made by people who do not fully understand the basic principles of faith. Yet, sadly, these accusations are frequently made by believers, by some who consider themselves to be believers yet who do not practice what they claim to believe. Today we have fewer people who attack faith directly, people who dare to maintain that the Object of our faith, God, does not exist. The philosophical and historic fundamentals of faith are being less frequently undermined because, to a large extent, they have already been proven. Nowadays it is the practical application of faith that is mainly being attacked. There is an attempt to eliminate faith from our […]