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AFTER BAPTISM – SACRAMENT OF CONFIRMATION, THAT IS, TIME OF TRIAL

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Thinking about homeland on the day commemorating one of the main patrons of Poland – St. Stanisław the Bishop and Martyr, it is important to touch on turbulent history of Homeland, as well as people, monuments of history. It is not easy to reflect also on the final time marked with tragic helplessness towards all this which could have been our victory… »

SIGNPOSTS OF THE CONTEMPORARY TIMES

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

The sky over Ukraine, over Europe flared. The world was overwhelmed by anxiety, because every conflict, smaller or bigger, local or spreading in bigger territories, causes fear and anxieties. We know from history what fear people were experiencing before the year 1939. And a terrible war came, which touched many countries, particularly our Homeland. At least 50 million people were killed! This was a real tragedy for humanity. »

MARKED WITH THE PRESENCE OF THE RISEN

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

He has risen and is with us!- it is an incredible event. Jesus died in the eyes of everybody. He died on the cross, suffering terribly, left by his disciples. So, his appearance as still alive was something incredible. And he does not only say: I am with you!, but he behaves like an alive man: he eats with disciples and drinks and shows them his wounds. And he is also full of unusual power and strength. »

DELIGHTED WITH LOVE, ENLIVENED BY YOUTHFULNESS

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Recently I have received a very joyful telephone call: -Dear Priest, some girls of various ages arrived in our convent house – after the primary school, after junior high schools, after the secondary school, there are also students among them. It is a Catholic scouting – girl guides being created in Poland. In our town they have their scouting trainings but I notice that they are somehow different: they often use our chapel, pray a bit longer, they have a different behavior, different faces, eyes, joyful smile… »

AN OFFER NOT FOR REJECTION

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Nine years ago the contemporary saint – John Paul II was dying. The whole world was flabbergasted at that time. We knew that the Pope was passing away but we wanted to push away that moment and we cordially wished the Holy Father his health. And the hour of death arrived, and the world start crying. Why was it crying? »

MARY, THE QUEEN OF POLAND – SORROWFUL MOTHER!

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

We are coming to You, Mary, on the 1st anniversary of the pontificate of pope Francis. We entrust him cordially to Your care. We also entrust new leaders of the Church in Poland and we thank for our archbishop Wacław, who like Jan in Ephesus guards Your home, Mary, at Jasna Góra and the whole Polish Marian heritage. »

LIFE WANTS TO LIVE

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

As a result of the unsuccessful so-called eugenic abortion in Wrocław, a girl was born. Abortion was done because of the Down syndrome diagnosed in her. In addition, she had to face the consequences of the extreme premature birth. This is a case which raised much interest – indeed one hardly hears about similar situations. Why are children killed in the majesty of law? »

UKRAINE, RUSSIA AND – FATIMA

FR. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

In Fatima in Portugal in 1917 during the apparitions of the Holiest Mother, the word ‘Russia’ was said. Still small children – 7-year-old Hiacynta, 9-year-old Francis and 10-year-old Łucja – did not know this term. However, they, somehow, mechanically passed the message to the world, that Our Lady had told them about the need of conversion of Russia, because this country may be a sower of a war. »

LENT WITH A BLESSED VISIONARY

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Lent is the time touching spiritual life of the man – a sphere which has a significance not lesser than the physical and psychological sphere, which stabilizes psychophysical human functioning and gives it a direction. Lent is for a Christian time of a kind of effort connected with work on oneself, taking control of one’s weaknesses, with a kind of renunciation, etc., and everything for Jesus feeling his great God’s tragedy in this liturgical time. »

GOD, PLEASE, PROTECT UKRAINE

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

Many people were killed. Hundreds of people need medical help. Streets, buildings of important institutions, houses were destroyed. This is a dramatic picture. In Europe of XXI century people kill people. So much is said about democracy, but it is still far to it; so much is said about freedom, but there is also lack of it. Somebody is taking away democracy and is destroying it. This all is happening in the eyes of the highly civilizationally developed world… »

DECEASED FR. INF. JÓZEF WÓJCIK – LOVED THE CHURCH AND POLAND

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

On 16 February 2014, just before the Jasna Góra Appeal Prayer, Fr. Inf. Józef Wójcik passed away to Lord. The priest the legend, the former parish priest in Suchedniów in the diocese of Sandomierz. If I wanted to summarize the life of the excellent man, I would say: he loved the Church and Poland. He felt the great spirit of cardinal Stefan Wyszyński and he was undoubtedly a knight for him. »

CHRIST COMES TO THEM THROUGH THE CHURCH

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

We do not often realize the fact how many people are afflicted by diseases. And everyone wants to be healthy – both in body and soul. Even the wishes we say to one another on various occasions, mostly concern health. Because if we are healthy, we are not suffering from anything, it means that we are in good condition, that we can fulfill our plans and achieve a lot. We are glad when we say: I feel good, I am healthy, I am not suffering from anything... »

ROSARY FOR HOMELAND – A NEW INITIATIVE OF ‘NIEDZIELA’

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

I am glad that I can announce that ‘Niedziela’ will join a great pastoral and patriotic program in its own media way, which is a Rosary for Homeland – starting with this edition, we are going to publish a supplement entitled so. For a long time, many Poles have been following the idea of spreading the rosary prayer all over Poland, capable of asking for graces needed for our country and grace of a good transformation in the Polish soul. »

A MAN WHO FOUND A TREASURE

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

We are going to witness canonization of John Paul II soon. We are glad about this event and we are grateful to the Church for such a quickly undertaken and finished canonization process. How many saints ‘had been waiting for’ canonization for centuries. Whereas John Paul II, who died in 2005, is already blessed, and will be proclaimed a saint soon. Many of us still remember him – as a saint man, full of divine reference. Documentary films, also fiction films, and his theological-pastoral heritage, which has not been completely explored yet. »

A PAPAL DOCUMENT FOR READERS OF ‘NIEDZIELA’

Fr. IRENEUSZ SKUBIŚ

The Holy Father Francis turns out to be a discovery for the Church. Maybe some cardinals, when asked today if they imagined such a successor of St. Peter, are thinking more deeply and do not say anything or they say very little because they thought it would be a different pope. It turned again that the very Holy Spirit acts at the conclave through human voting. And the Pope comes who shows the Gospel as if from a different side. »

Editor: Tygodnik Katolicki "Niedziela", ul. 3 Maja 12, 42-200 Czestochowa, Polska
Editor-in-chief: Lidia Dudkiewicz • Translation: Aneta Amrozik • E-mail: redakcja@niedziela.pl