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On the 8th December 2015 jubilee year was started by pope Francis. It’s Year of Mercy. The keynote of this year is sentence from saint Luke Gospel: “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful” (Luke 6,36). It’s a chance for us to think once again about mercy, discover it afresh and consider it from different perspective.

In this year in Poland many things will happen. For us it’s 1050 anniversary of baptism taken in our country by first sovereign of our country. In July 2016 World Youth Days will start in Cracow (Poland). Many young people from all over the world will come to meet with each other, create community and praise the Lord. The main theme of this event is closely connected with the keynote of year of mercy. The motto of World Youth Days is: “Blessed are the merciful, for they shall receive mercy” (Matthew 5,7)

The Church lets us reflect on mercy. We may associate this word with sister Faustina, image of Jesus Merciful, some sanctuaries. When we hear the keynote of this year “Be merciful, even as your Father is merciful”, we can think about father the Parable of the Prodigal Son – which is an counterpart of our Heavenly Father. Mercy – infinite God’s mystery. The best chance to win favour of God’s mercy is confession. When we come to trellis of confessional with our misery, poverty and contrite heart, God comes to us as the best loving Father and forgives us all our faults and sins. We just have to come to Him with intention to convert and ask for this mercy. God’s love is great and because of this we can gain grace of mercy.

We need constant reflection on the mystery of God’s mercy. It should be a source of joy, peace and  solace for us. It’s a condition of our salvation. Mercy – it is a word, which reveals the Saint Trinity. Mercy – this is the greatest act of God, who comes to us with strong willingness to meet every man. Mercy is the most basic law in every men’s heart, when he / she is looking honestly on neighbors.  Mercy is “the bridge that connects God and man, opening our hearts to the hope of being loved forever despite our sinfulness” – as we can read in Misericordiae Vultus written by pope Francis.

First aspect of mercy is relation between God and us – we should concentrate on His constant, unchangeable love. As a consequence of focusing on God’s love appears second aspect of mercy. We should share this mercy with our neighbors. Pope Francis suggests us to “reflect on the corporal and spiritual works of mercy. It will be a way to reawaken our conscience, too often grown dull in the face of poverty. And let us enter more deeply into the heart of the Gospel where the poor have a special experience of God’s mercy. Jesus introduces us to these works of mercy in his preaching so that we can know whether or not we are living as his disciples. Let us rediscover these corporal works of mercy: to feed the hungry, give drink to the thirsty, clothe the naked, welcome the stranger, heal the sick, visit the imprisoned, and bury the dead. And let us not forget the spiritual works of mercy: to counsel the doubtful, instruct the ignorant, admonish sinners, comfort the afflicted, forgive offences, bear patiently those who do us ill, and pray for the living and the dead,” (Misericordiae Vultus)

Year of mercy is perfect time to stop and think about works of mercy in our own lives. We are called (regardless of sex, age, education and so on) to be good man – to be merciful, even as your Father is merciful. God’s love manifests itself in incarnation of Jesus, Son of God.

In Church very important truth is connected with Christ’s love – love, which tends to forgive and sacrifice for others. The Church is servant of this love and wants to share it. In our parishes, communities, societies…  – everywhere Church and Christians appears, there should be haven, oasis of mercy.

Magdalena Maraj

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I am a good man

Posted: May 15, 2016 by Agnieszka Dankiewicz in ddak

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I am a good man.

I don’t kill. I don’t steal. I don’t sell drugs. I am a good man – in comparison with other people.

One murder is enough to become a murderer. One lie is enough to become a liar. The line between good and evil is obvious. We tend to efface this line – we do it deliberately (with consciousness of what we are doing). Every man should take God’s law as a point of reference – not other people.

In this way we cheat ourselves. We welcome our neighbor (only if she is kind for us), we help our mates (only if we like them), we are tolerant and friendly. We have some disadvantages, but in fact – there is nothing wrong with us. We can easily make a conclusion that we are good men, because we don’t do evil deeds. The difficulties start when we realize that evil deeds are connected also with lack of good ones. We met sad friend and we didn’t console him. We didn’t clean up; we didn’t hug our parents; we didn’t spend time with someone, who needed our presence, talk or advice… But there is also another aspect. Evil also appears when people become insensible. It leads to a situation when others feel unpunished. Some of us don’t react on evil deeds; other don’t care about others’ deeds at all.

You read previous paragraph. You probably agree with my opinion. Maybe you said something similar in past. But do you really understand its sense?

I lied. Would you feel cheated? What would you say? Was it okay or wrong? Nowadays such behavior is common. Oh, it’s just harmless lie and it doesn’t seem to be destructive for anyone. Who would treat it as something wrong? Who would say that it’s a sin? But still – I cheated you. It isn’t harmless. There’s obvious line between truth and lie. The difference is significant.

You met me at the bus stop. You asked me to have a conversation – you needed advice and support of your friend. But I just passed and went away to take care about my own affairs. Would you feel desolate, unheeded or neglected?

Everybody makes mistakes. We are also responsible for other people. It doesn’t mean we can stop with reflection that we are bad. We can struggle to become better and better. We can discover our humanity. You can’t say that this struggle is useless, because sooner or later difficulties and mistakes will appear. When you try your best to last in your good intention, there’s a chance to help other people and support them. When you give up at the beginning of the struggle, you may harm other people. And someone else may hurt you – according to this rule.

Constant conversion in the struggle – it’s changing your direction to the proper one. It’s a decision to choose good acts, not the bad ones. It’s choosing truth and love. It’s not a single challenge. We have to repeat it constantly – every day is a new beginning to do it. Love isn’t something that last shortly.

Similarly, faith and conversion demands taking incessant effort. Adam Maniura, my teacher of religion in high school, usually said: “It isn’t a meta in metanoia”.

The prisoner of soul

Posted: October 29, 2015 by Agnieszka Dankiewicz in ddak

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To adore. To worship. These words can express admiration or esteem; feeling surrounded by someone. We feel delighted just because we’re surrounded by element or person that we adore. How huge admiration can it be?

Small, white wafer put in the vessel. When we kneel in front of God present in the Holy Sacrament, we can see with eyes of our faith: Angels and saints facing Him – adoring Jesus. The breakable, fragile bread, which can be easily damaged; but on the other hand – in this form we worship God: infinite, boundless, incomprehensible, mysterious for every man. Jesus Christ’s humility and love are endless. God let Himself be closed in the vessel. What’s more – He’s present in every human soul and He’s a kind of it “prisoner”.

I heard a beautiful sentence: after finishing our earthly pilgrimage, when we reach heaven, we will worship God – constantly adore Him, 24 hours a day, 7 days a week. But here on Earth we should practice worshiping Him and spending time in front of Hum – just to be prepared before we finally meet Him.

I like sitting and gazing at the Holy Sacrament. The small bread, which hides presence of Jesus. There’s nothing to say, words become useless, the most important is to remain. I longingly wait for seeing Jesus in the vessel. I like sitting in front of Him and gazing at His Face. I always feel delighted. Our God is wonderful! He’s so humble, quiet, gentile… incredible and amazing!

Being gazed at Jesus! Being opened for all the graces that He gives us. When man looks at God, he become full of His presence. Our hearts may be touched by beams coming from the Holy Sacrament. We may feel safe and calm. In God’s arms every single sheep is safe. In the arms of Love, only love is important.

Let’s try to marvel at other people. We are able to adore some things (some objects) – maybe it’s easier for us, because it’s more natural for our senses. But on the other hand it’s necessary to notice something more than objects. God is invisible, we can’t physically see Him. In this field we use something very personal – faith. Everybody can describe it with one’s own words. Faith allows us to reach something unreachable – it becomes closer. Faith let us see God’s face in the small piece of white wafer. We can have a strong feeling of God’s presence in Holy Communion that we take. At the beginning it seems hard, but later – it become natural.

Why is it important to “spend” time on adoration? It works in both directions. God is constantly adoring human, because He created us. He’s delighted to see us. His helpless, clumsy child is continuously learning how to speak, how to listen, how to walk, how to love and thank. We all have our earthly fathers – they are also happy because of all our successes. God desires to have relation with us. He wants us to come and spend some time with Him. Saint John Paul II said that “time offered to God is never lost“. When we kneel in front of God, gaze at Him, we become more and more similar to Him. We collect beams of God’s light – we collect them and reflect to illuminate world.  Adoration is to give us strength. Our strength lies in sacraments and prayer – that is how we can arm before struggling our everyday lives.

To fall in love with God, to adore Him, to want to be surrounded by Him. To reflect Jesus’ light. To prepare oneself to eternal happiness in heaven. Incomprehensible God!

“Prisoner of my soul, beloved, the dearest Jesus. I’m whole devoted to You, everything is Yours!”
(Mother Zofia Paula Tajber)

Magdalena Maraj

The image of a priest

Posted: October 15, 2015 by Agnieszka Dankiewicz in ddak

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The priest – ordinary man, true born. The priest – man, who was a child, attended school, lived in family, played tricks with classmates. There are also other points of ordinary life of priests’ childhood and youth – we may enumerate many of them. But on the end of this list there would be: the priest – man with special vocation, chose by God. He is a man, who answered God’s calling and devoted his life for service in Church. Isn’t it beautiful? Of course, it is! It’s beautiful and the same time – it’s distinctly real.

At the moment of taking Holy Orders priests don’t erase history of their lives, don’t forget about their families and friends. He doesn’t stop living in the reality – he doesn’t become isolated from ordinary affairs.

For many years I was engaged in the community of youths in my parish. Then I was given to meet many priests – every priest had different character, different plans or attitude to their obligations. There was one special priest – a person to remember for whole life.

He was young, when I met him. He was the priest with huge knowledge and wisdom. There was no situation when he tried to show his superiority. He has been and he still is a witness and servant, in spite of dignity that has been given him. This priest respected other people’s opinions, but on the other hand – he didn’t accept all our ideas uncritically. He guided us humbly and with full consciousness of responsibility of being a shepherd of community. It was very important for us. He was a priest, who always had time for youths and children. He joined us on every single meeting of our ministry, he supported our initiatives, engaged in enterprises taken in community, rehearsals of music band. He helped us to prepare books with texts of religious songs. It seems simple… But on the other hand – it’s amazing!

This priest was always available for us. In spite of all his obligations, he found time for talking with us, advising, spending time with us, sitting and drinking coffee. He was an ordinary – extraordinary priest. He didn’t change! Smiling, joyful, full of energy, wisdom – both: book learning and practical wisdom. He’s still willing to help, advise, spend time with members of our community. He’s always sincere and doesn’t retouch reality. He achieved a lot in a branch of science, but he never forgets about his vocation – serving. Serving both – by sermons and words, but also by simple acts of kindness. kaplan

In this way my image of priest was created. The image of priest – the servant. The priest, who doesn’t swagger. The priest, who serves by sharing his time with parishioners. The priest, who doesn’t say “no” to good initiatives proposed by people from his surround. The priest, who doesn’t discourage others, who doesn’t say that something is useless or pointless. The priest, who is engaged with is whole heart in his service.

Many of us met such a priest. Maybe it was an accidental meeting. Or maybe this priest was given us in some concrete circumstances of our lives as an answer for some needs. We remember about this priest and we pray for him.

Once I talked with a priest. He told me one important thing. He, the priest, needs prayer – it’s obvious, because we all need it. But consciousness that there’s somebody, who pray in his intention, is really precious and supporting. Awareness of being prayed for.

Maybe we know some priest we would like to pray for. Maybe we remember concrete priest, who was exceptional for us for some reason. Don’t feel afraid about persistence! As an answer for my question about persistence and taking permanent obligations my friend said: If you want to undertake an obligation for the glory of God, He will surely give you all the graces that you need. And He gives us these graces. Every day.

Magdalena Maraj

The difficulties give rise to maturity

Posted: October 10, 2015 by Agnieszka Dankiewicz in ddak

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It has been 3 years since I made my mind to adopt the priest. I cooperated with the priest in ministry for children from parish. He was to celebrate next anniversary of taking holy orders. I wanted to give him something related to this occasion – I thought that it should have been something lasting and useful. I was sure that I wanted my present not to be the another one in huge pile of other gifts collected for ages. The problem was quite serious for me, because I was unemployed for some time. Accidentally (but in fact – as Catholics we don’t believe in accidents), I discovered this campaign. I recognized it as the God’s plan for me. I had a plan to support your initiative spiritually by prayer – and the further fortunes I devoted to God.

When it came to decide and to undertake adoption, there was some uncertainty and doubts – for example: how long would my adoption last? Or: did he really need my spiritual support since he has been good and worshipful priest? I made my mind quickly and decided to undertake permanent adoption and pray for holiness of his priestly life. I was aware that he could be given the decree and be moved to another parish… but then I realized also the fact that prayer would go beyond death or graves. That was why I decided not to give up – even if he would cross threshold of eternal life earlier than me.

Today I’m happy to continue my adoption and to last on prayer. It was a good decision. I have to confess that the first year was difficult – more difficult than I’ve expected. I can’t even define source of these difficulties. In contacts between me and the priest I experienced misunderstandings and troubles. After the first year of my adoption it turned out that the priest was given the decree and be moved to another parish. It was an occasion to hear many unpleasant words from other people from ministry. It turned out who was a “real friend” – but most of these friendships ended. It was a moment of doubting in sense of engagement in this ministry. I couldn’t believe that there was any point to undertake this adoption. All these thoughts “infected” my mind. Then I started to pray with rosary in front of the Holy Sacrament. And it was a time of breathing with fresh, “spiritual” air. After next year the priest called me and asked for prayer in the intention of his mother, who was ill for serious disease. Then he didn’t tell me that bad state of her health was caused by his dangerous illness. I strongly prayed in the intention of them both. I was also asking for prayer in comment on your website. Our prayer was heard and they both were healed.

Our relations also have been “healed” – now our contact is friendly and cordial. Actually, I can’t live without adoration and spending time in front of Holy Sacrament. I regularly pray with rosary. Prayer for priests became so natural for me that it would be impossible to forget about it in my every day life. What’s more – I love prayer with words, which come from saint sister Faustina’s dairy. I use words of this prayer during day and night. Sometimes when I wake at night, there are words of this prayer in my thoughts.

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O my Jesus, I beg Thee on behalf of the whole Church: Grant [her] love and the light of Thy Spirit,

and give power to the words of priests so that hardened hearts might be brought to repentance and return to You, O Lord.

Lord, give us holy priests; Thou Thyself maintain them in holiness.

O Divine and Great High Priest, may the power of Thy mercy accompany them everywhere

and protect them from the devil’s traps and snares which are continually being set for the souls of priests.

May the power of Thy mercy, O Lord, shatter and bring to naught all that might tarnish the sanctity of priests, for Thou canst do all things.

After all my experiences I can say that all the difficulties have been given me to check myself in purity of my intention. It was to check if my devotion in relation with this priest is pure or just temporary fascination. I think that all these experiences have given me strength to undertake another permanent adoption. What’s more – now I feel willingness of prayer in the intention of whole clergy.

To all those, who are undecided, I recommend spending time with Jesus in front of the Holy Sacrament and to share it with Mary, Mother of Jesus. In this way God will light fire of love for all those, who were called to serve God’s in His Church as priests.

Testimony sent by Mrs Mary

Prayer connects our hearts

Posted: August 27, 2015 by Agnieszka Dankiewicz in ddak

We received witness from one of participants of our campaign. It has come to us some time ago, but I think now it’s good time to publish it. I’m sure that this text waited for good time to be published, because currently many people decides to abandon their adoptions. Main reason, which appears in your arguments, is connected with breaking off the bond with adopted priest. You don’t see the adopted priest so frequently – that is why you don’t feel united with him. We encourage you to read witness. I hope it will encourage you to continue your adoptions.

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I wanted to write this for a long time. THIS – it means: maybe something like witness…? I think – it’s a good word to describe it. When I felt the biggest will to write, there was no time because of other duties I had (exams at the university, busy time at the beginning of summer holidays etc.). And now, when I write these words, I have more time, but on the other hand – I have also some more difficulties. Especially – difficulties connected with prayer. I don’t know why, but in fact I don’t try to look for answers for all questions I have. I think that this time can be called “days of silence” – in positive meaning of these words, because between me and God there’s a lot of silence. But this silence begins with my words: “God, You know what…”.

But it’s just an introduction – it’s not a point. I found the Opus of Spiritual Adoption of Priest about two years ago. In the Internet I saw a kind of “advertisement” of campaign. I read some articles and I thought that it had a great aim. I found this campaign very needed and valuable. On the other hand – it seemed to be crazy to start such a campaign: the huge enterprise, a few members engaged in organization, almost no funds. I continued reading and following the website and I couldn’t believe how many people are interested in taking part in this campaign. It took me some days to make a decision, but I thought about it and eventually I also decided to join it. I undertake adoption – but I did it carefully, because I knew my possibilities and my short-lived enthusiasm. My adoption was to last 2 years. Soon my adoption will end… And it is a purpose for me to share my experience in this witness.

I have to say that I’m engaged in a pastoral group for youths from my parish. I meet many priests – from my parish, from deanery, from whole diocese; sometimes I meet priests also during some camps or retreat. It happened that I judged them sooner than I got to know something more about them. I complained (in my thoughts, but sometimes also in conversations) about their boring sermons, careless celebrating the Holy Mass… I grew up in traditional family, so I always heard that the priest was a special man with special calling. In my family it was said that priest was a perfect, almost untouchable. Later I realized that the truth was a little bit different. From time to time I felt disappointed to discover that priests were also men with some weaknesses, sins, problems, human longings. In spite of it , I didn’t think to pray for them every day or even once a week…

When I undertook adoption, everything stared to change. Okay – to tell the truth: it wasn’t a immediate change, it happened gradually. I treated priests kindly and with understanding (or I just tried to understand them). During prayer for adopted priest, I prayed also for other priests. Once I noticed that I prayed also for rector of our parish – in spite of the fact that cooperation with him has always been very difficult. And now it’s still difficult. I’m surprised that I’m able to pray for the rector (or for other priest) in the hardest moments of this cooperation – when I’m disappointed and angry. I realized that priests were just ordinary men and they are chosen by God. And God knew what He did. So… this “discovery” was sufficient reason to support priests.

The prayer… At the beginning it was hard. Sometimes I forgot to pray – but not for a long time. It has been hard and now it’s also hard. But is it something unusual? With prayer it isn’t so easy. It’s necessary to fight for prayer, to be persistent, because I’m not the only one, who experience such kind of difficulties. Saying encouraging words is always easy. In fact, when I heard such words, I was rather driven to tears than motivated. But I tried not to give up. I won’t give up undertaken adoption. I can’t give up. It’s too late. Now I’m not able to give up – it’s not because of habit or routine, but because my own need of prayer in the intention of adoption priest. I believe (and I see it) that he need this spiritual support. All the time.

What did scare me at the beginning? Why did I adopt a priest “only” for 2 years? In the day of undertaking adoption this priest received decree and I got to know that he would move to other parish. I was afraid that in 2 years our contact would break and I would be no longer able to pray for the person, who would be a stranger for me. Period of my adoption has passed. I see adopted priest two times a year and in spite of it I don’t find him a stranger for me. What’s more: I’m constantly surprised that we can talk with each other for ages and I feel like we have met each other recently.

I’m grateful to God for the Opus of Spiritual Adoption of Priests, for founder, for crew and participants. I’m happy to find this campaign and take this challenge (I think it’s suitable word). In spite of fact that my prayer is concentrated on priests, I also see that I’m given many graces and blessings.

Praise the Lord!

Send by Ms. Anna

Take courage warrior of God!

Posted: July 31, 2015 by Agnieszka Dankiewicz in ddak

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Everybody has one’s own way of spending day, mowing lawn or even eating a cake. It’s similar situation with our faith. It may sound weird or funny, but faith isn’t universal overalls that we can easily wear. No. A prayer can be a simple example to present it. Everybody likes other prayer. There is a group of people, who pray especially through intercession of Saint Mary. Other people prefer praying through intercession of their saint patrons. No matter of words that we use during the prayer, it will always be raised to God.

All we are the warriors. Every day we have to struggle something , but maybe we aren’t conscious of it. Some of us are used to begin every single day with the sign of cross. For others such a habit is a kind of problem; they forget about it. This struggle doesn’t take place on visible fields. Much harder struggles we have to win in our inners.

All we are the slaves. Sometimes this truth may be hard to understand and to notice. It’s uncomfortable. The point is that an image of slavery has changed. Members of our society are slaves of time and the mass media. Of course, there are more factors to slave us. We may be slaves of others, other people’s opinions; we are slaves of work; we are slaves of… everybody would finish this sentence according to one’s thoughts. We are sure that there’s a special time now. We have holidays – it’s time to have a rest and to relax. But how will it look like in reality?

Christian is the man of struggling. He is the man, who stays conscious of priorities and values. On earth and in our hearts there will be constant fight between good and evil. But the warrior is never left alone – no matter what enemy he will have to fight. The warrior would never win on his own. When he prepares himself for the war, he must have the aim – he has to know where to go and what to reach. The warrior has the commander – a wise man, who will never allow to lost path to victory. The commander has to go first – he courageously leads warriors ahead. During the war everybody has the armour and the shield to protect from evil’s attacks.

Our aim is to reach heaven. Our commander is Jesus, who has lived on earth and experienced human reality. Our armour and shield is prayer, especially Eucharist.

Put on the full armor of God, so that you can take your stand against the devil’s schemes. For our struggle is not against flesh and blood,but against the rulers, against the authorities, against the powers of this dark world and against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly realms. Therefore put on the full armor of God, so that when the day of evil comes, you may be able to stand your ground, and after you have done everything, to stand. Stand firm then, with the belt of truth buckled around your waist, with the breastplate of righteousness in place, and with your feet fitted with the readiness that comes from the gospel of peace. In addition to all this, take up the shield of faith, with which you can extinguish all the flaming arrows of the evil one. Take the helmet of salvation and the sword of the Spirit, which is the word of God.
(Ephesians 6,11-17)

From time to time everybody feels like giving up. We think we’re to weak to take part in next battles. Everything seems to go wrong. We carry our crosses and experience various situations in our  lives. God doesn’t want a death of sinners. When you struggle something in your life, you have to remember that God would never give you anything bigger than your strengths or abilities. He knows that you would deal with all these things. Don’t forget that in the hardest moments God carries us on His hands.

Don’t give up in struggling for yourself, your heart, values, good… Struggle for others. See God’s eyes in your neighbours’ eyes. Be courageous warrior! “The Lord is with you, mighty warrior!” (Judges 6,12)


Magdalena Maraj