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1-The Order of Saint Paul the First Hermit
Święta Anno - módl się za nami... Print E-mail

Ołtarz Św. Anny w Sanktuarium w Amerykańskiej Częstochowie Gromadzi nas w Amerykańskiej Częstochowie, Eucharystia, którą Kościół sprawuje na chwałę nieba, jako Pamiątkę naszego Odkupienia. Wychwalamy Boga, który w swojej wierności nie opuszcza nigdy swojego ludu, wskazuje nam drogę do nieba, obdarza błogosławieństwem pokoju… i stawia na naszej drodze swoich Świętych, dzisiaj w sposób szczególny Świętą Annę! Ta Eucharystia jest sprawowana także na chwałę ziemi i ludzi, którzy ją zamieszkują. Bóg bowiem dokonuje swoich dzieł „tu i teraz”. W Jezusie Chrystusie, w Bogu, który stał się człowiekiem, jest obecny w naszej rzeczywistości ziemskiej, jak obiecał mówiąc: „Ja jestem z wami po wszystkie dni, aż do skończenia świata”.

XVII Sunday in Ordinary Time Print E-mail

Jesus feeds the 5000 Imagine the occasion - a dining table covered with beautiful, white linen cloth. The best quality silver cutlery adorns each place setting. In the centre of the table lies the attractive china crockery. The guests arrive and are led to their places at the table. Compliments abound amongst the pre-dinner chit-chat. A sumptuous meal is eagerly awaited. Suddenly a grim faced hostess walks into the room. “I’m so sorry, “she announces, “There won’t be any dinner. You see, I forgot to buy the food.” A silent pause declares the obvious disappointment of the guests. It sounds like a ridiculous situation but it shows that even the best dressed tables are meaningless and worthless without food to share. In all cultures food is important, not only for survival but as a means of sharing and extending hospitality to one another. Today’s Gospel is the ultimate in the extension of hospitality. Five thousand hungry people are fed with just five loaves and two fish.

Solemnity of The Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary Print E-mail

Blessed Virgin Mary, pray for usToday the Church is celebrating the Immaculate Conception of the Blessed Virgin Mary. If Christ is the day that never fades, Mary is its dawn, shining with beauty.

Chosen in advance to be the Mother of the incarnate Word, Mary is at the same time the first-fruits of his redeeming action. The grace of Christ the Redeemer acted in her in anticipation, preserving her from original sin and from any contagion of guilt.

This is why Mary is "full of grace" (Lk 1: 28), as the Angel affirms when he brings her the announcement of her divine motherhood. The human mind cannot claim to understand so great a miracle and mystery. It is faith which reveals to us that the Immaculate Conception of the Virgin is a pledge of salvation for every human creature, a pilgrim on this earth. Again, it is faith which reminds us that by virtue of her unique position, Mary is our steadfast support in the arduous struggle against sin and its consequences.

This afternoon, following a beautiful tradition, I will go to Piazza di Spagna. In this way, I will pay homage to the Immaculate Virgin. Blessed Pope Pius IX had a statue of her set on a column in eternal memory of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception, proclaimed on 8 December 1854.

John Paul II 

Jezu - mnie egoistę naucz się dzielić... Print E-mail

_ Pan Jezus w dzisiejszej Ewangelii mówi o wielkiej sile dzielenia się. Sam staje przed tysiącami głodnych ludzi. Nie ma na pustkowiu sklepów, nie ma dostawców żywności. Jest tylko chłopiec z pięcioma chlebami i dwoma rybami.  I to wystarczy dla Chrystusa, aby w sposób cudowny rozmnożyć i dzielić się chlebem, tak ja dzielił się każdą cząstką swego życia.

Pięć chlebów – to może symbol pięciu przykazań kościelnych, a dwie ryby – to może nic innego jak dwa przykazania miłości? 

XVIII Sunday in Ordinary Time Print E-mail

The crowd wanted instant religion and Jesus said no. “You are looking for me…because you have eaten your fill of the loaves. You should not be working for perishable food but for food that remains unto life eternal…” The crowd in this Sunday’s Gospel saw a miracle of multiplication of loaves and fish and figured that they could have an instant God-experience (and probably more free bread and fish in the future.) They saw immediate results and wanted immediately to make Jesus king. Jesus told them that they were searching for the wrong thing. Instant religious gratification, the “perishable food” of the Gospel quotation does not last. “Instant religion” is no religion at all. It is a fleeing “high”. It is, the language of the American frontier gold rush, a “flash in the pan.” It is so easy for us humans to want “instant everything”, especially in a modern culture that suggests that technology can produce it. Supermarkets have shelves full of packages screaming, “Instant ice tea, Quick Quaker Oats, instant coffee, one minute muffins.”

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