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A Spark from Poland

Discussion in 'Positive Critique' started by BrianK, Oct 31, 2017.

  1. BrianK

    BrianK Resident Kook, Crank, Curmudgeon - & Mod Staff Member


    A Spark from Poland
    Patrick Archbold
    "For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth; and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." -- Hebrews 12:6

    No country has suffered the effects of 20th-century anti-Christian ideologies more than Poland. After more than a century of division, Poland regained its sovereignty in 1918, after World War I. That sovereignty did not last long. In 1939, as predicted and signaled by Our Lady at Fatima, a new and worse war began in earnest with the invasion of Poland by the Nazis.

    During the Nazi occupation, Poland was subjected to some of the worst ravages of the war and was home to the Nazi death camps. Upwards of six million Poles perished during the War. But the end of the War would provide no respite for the Polish people. Nazi Occupation was replaced with Soviet occupation and repression that would last another 45 years.

    Yet, in contrast to the spirit of this terrible age, the Polish people did not look upon their immense suffering during this period as useless. They did not despair and curse God for their fate. Instead, the Polish people looked upon themselves as a people chosen by God, chosen to suffer as their Savior suffered.

    In post-war Western Europe, faith was rejected in favor of prosperity and a false "liberty." But while those in Western Europe gave up their faith with barely a thought, the atheist communists tried to beat it out of the Poles. But precisely because of their suffering, the Poles tenaciously clung to their faith.

    In 1979, Pope St. John Paul II traveled to communist Poland and gave a speech to a million Poles in Krakow. After decades of suffering the people of Poland had one message, one thought, expressed in a chant that rose up in the square, a chant that went on for 15 minutes. "We want God! We want God!" Continued Communist oppression didn't have a chance.

    It was just prior to the Nazi and Soviet scourges under which Poland would suffer so much, that Our Lord revealed something about the future of Poland to St. Faustina. Recorded in her diary, Our Lord told St. Faustina the following: "I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming" (Diary, 1732).

    Because of his charisma and a not a small dose of budding papal positivism, many people over the last 40 years have interpreted Our Lord's prophecy to St. Faustina as referring to Pope St. John Paul II. I do not think that is the case. In fact, I don't think that this prophecy refers to a person at all, I think it refers to the faith of Poland. Poland's faith is the spark which might help prepare the world for the final coming of the Lord.

    In order to understand this properly, one must understand a bit more about those elements that must occur before the final coming of the Lord. Among these are the preaching of the Gospel in the whole world, the great apostasy, the persecution of Antichrist, and the acceptance of Jesus by the Jewish people.

    First on this list is the preaching of the Gospel in the whole world. While some may speculate that this has already occurred, that is demonstrably untrue. In fact, I firmly believe that this will occur during the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the period of peace promised by Our Lady at Fatima.

    In the diary of Sr. Lucia, she records the difficulties that she had in writing down the secrets. She records that she was granted a vision of a terrible chastisement of the world. But after the vision, Sr. Lucia was comforted: "After I felt my racing heart, in my spirit a soft voice said: ‘In time, one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. In eternity, Heaven!’ "

    It is during this promised period of peace in which the Gospel will be preached in the world resulting in one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. This is what will prepare the world for the final coming of the Lord.

    And it is from faithful Poland that this spark may come. As the fire of the true faith dies in the world and even in the Church, the spark remains in Poland. It is Poland that has rejected the anti-God secularism of the West, laughing off the constant threats of the European Union with its culture of death policy mandates:


    It is in Poland where a million faithful prayed the rosary along their 2,000-mile border to protect their country from the Islamist invasion:


    It is the Polish bishops who have categorically rejected the institutionalized sacrilege of Amoris Laetitia. It is Polish bishops that have backed the dubia of the four Cardinals. And it is even now reported that the Polish bishops might issue their own dubia:


    While the fire of faith sputters into blackness across the world and in the Church, it is in Poland that the spark remains. And it is precisely because Poland has remained obedient to the will of God that this spark remains, the spark that may when God wills it, be fanned back into a fire that will prepare the world for the final coming of the Lord.
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  2. Booklady

    Booklady Archangels

    Thank you, Brian, what an uplifting article.
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  3. Jonah

    Jonah Angels

    I work as a cook in a Catholic retreat house, we just served 78 Polish men women and children, Priests and families. They are called Domestic Church. Wonderful people. I love the Polish people. We Irish evangelized them originally, we need them to evangelize Ireland now. We all have to get out on our own coast on The Feast of Christ the King and pray for the protection of life and family in our country, following the example of Poland.
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  4. AED

    AED Powers

    I will be with you Jonah praying on this side of the Atlantic. God bless Poland!!!
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  5. AED

    AED Powers

    And Ireland and as Tiny Tim said "God bless us everyone!"
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  6. Blizzard

    Blizzard thy kingdom come

    From Sister Emannuel´s October newsletter (Medjugorje): https://sremmanuel.org/newsletter/october-2017-report/

    A scent of roses over Poland! In Medjugorje, there are now more Polish pilgrims than Italians! They are not shy about their century-old devotion to the Blessed Mother. For the feast of Our Lady of the Rosary, the Bishop’s Conference took a remarkable and historic initiative: given the serious dangers that threaten Poland, they brought to mind the many miraculous protections which were obtained in the past due to large numbers faithfully praying the Rosary – the victory of Lepanto on Oct. 7, 1571, the victory in Austria after World War II against communist control of the country, the Rosary miracle in Brazil in 1964, etc.
    On Saturday, October 7th, over a million Poles gathered along the borders of their country forming a visible string of prayer to save Poland and the whole world.
    Not to mention the hundreds of parishes that joined in on this day of prayer, all following the same program: Mass at 11 a.m; Adoration of the Blessed Sacrament at noon; and from 12 p.m. to 4 p.m. praying all 20 mysteries of the Rosary.
    The Poles who were in Medjugorje prayed the 20 mysteries together at Mother’s Village after a special Eucharist.
    Last January and February, Our Lady said: “The Rosary is my dearest prayer which fills my heart with the most beautiful scent of roses.” “I cannot but be where I sense the scent of roses.” And we know, every Ave Maria is a rose offered to the Mother of God. Imagine Poland covered with the scent of perfume from millions of roses! For the past 36 years, Our Lady has been telling us to pray the Rosary every day, as a most powerful weapon against evil. It is even capable of changing the course of history!

    This magnificent initiative is not an isolated event. In different parts of the world, in connection with the 13th of October which was the last public apparition at Fatima, various prayer groups, Christian organizations, parishes and communities have joined forces to move the heavens with their prayers.
    For instance, at the initiative of Don Pablo Martin (former parish priest at Civitavecchia), many groups all over Italy have planned special prayers at 5.30 p.m. on Friday, October 13th, as well as fasting all day on bread and water as per the instructions of the Blessed Mother (www.aiasm.it). Those who cannot fast for health reasons can offer another renunciation to God. Their purpose is to ask Our Lady to save Italy from apostasy, as well as the world, and for her children to reconnect with their Christian roots! In addition, it is asked that participants be in a state of grace, in other words, to make a good sacramental confession.
    We hope that like our Polish brothers, more than a million Italians will participate in this powerful initiative!
    What about America and the other countries?
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  7. Blizzard

    Blizzard thy kingdom come

    On a slightly different note, in the same newsletter Sister Emmanuel describes a recent visit to Spain where she met good priests and NO CONFUSION. (Hmm I wonder what she could be referring to).;):rolleyes:

    Last September, during my mission in Spain, I experienced great joy at finding very good priests in each of the 12 parishes we visited, true shepherds for souls. In a word, the living Church of Christ! No confusion, the true Catholic faith! Our faith is so beautiful! Like cherry on the cake, the Blessed Mother gave us this message on October 2nd: “My children, do not ever forget to pray for your shepherds. Pray that they can accept all people as their children; that, according to my Son, they may be spiritual fathers to them.”
    These priests can be found in many places! Well, their number is small, but it is up to us to increase those numbers! I’m always impressed to see so many fervent lay people welcoming us and giving so much of themselves to make sure that the mission is fruitful. I am discovering a great deal of holiness hidden here and there. For instance, a member of our team, for the past 20 years, gets up every morning at 4:00 a.m. and prays for 3 hours in front of the Blessed Sacrament, before taking on his job at 8 a.m. It is encouraging to see that Our Lady also has her fans, and what fans!

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