Friday, March 31, 2006

From Poland Will Come the Spark

One year ago today...

"From Poland will Come the Spark that will prepare the world for my final coming"

I read these words back in 1978 from St. Faustina's diary that were spoken to her by Jesus. They were published before anyone had even thought of a Polish pope, but somehow one knew that Jesus was referring to this pope and twenty six years later the spark has spread it's fire throughout the world and the devotion to the Divine Mercy is one of the most popular.

I wrote to the pope back in those early days and received the standard reply from a Monsignor that the Holy Father had received my message and sent his blessings. Enclosed in the letter was a small crucifix. What I had written the pope was the following message from teh Gospel of John in Polish:

Truly, truly, I say to you, when you were young,
you girded yourself and walked where you would;
but when you are old,
you will stretch out your hands,
and another will gird you and carry you where you do not wish to go."
(This he said to show by what death he was to glorify God.)
And after this he said to him, "Follow me."
John 21:18-19

It is Our Lord's message to St. Peter. I was reminded of this today at Mass when the Gospel reading was from John and the verses immediately preceding this passage. When I sent it to the Holy Father those many years ago I did so because I thought of how his embracing of the Petrine office was taking him away from his beloved Poland. But in these last years it has seemed even more prophetic as he is wheeled out and put around.

If indeed he is the spark that was to prepare the world for the Lord's coming what awaits us after his entrance into the Father's Kingdom?

One Year later...2006:

In the middle of the night on February 24/25th on a plane somewhere over the west European cost as light broke through the darkness this passage from St. Faustina's diary entered my mind and the words "write and remind others about this message."

I forgot about it for the most part after the excitement of the days in Rome, but was reminded of it when I prayed at the tomb of Pope John Paul II and then this:

The beautiful Encyclical of Pope Benedict is yet another invitation from the God of Love...

Yet how many of us are mired in judgment--judging and being judged?

Picking up stones to cast at others, while worthy of being stoned?

Forgetful of the price paid for our salvation, forgetful of the gift being offered in the Confessional and the altar?

Lord have mercy on us!

1 comment:

  1. J.M.J. + O.B.T.

    Where have all the comments gone, Long time passing...


    Thanks for your keen insights.

    Poland gave us a Trinity of Lights, Red and White (like their national flag) and each with a role to play relative to Jesus' Gift of Divine Mercy.

    You have probably viewed the video OCEANS OF MERCY from the Mary Foundation. It shows the mystery of Poland's Divine Appointment by detailing the "triple cord" lives of St. Maximillian Kolbe, St. Faustina and Pope John Paul II.

    The common threads...suffering and glory red and white strands.

    Our Lady offered two crowns to the young St. Kolbe...he chose BOTH the Red AND the White. St. Faustina did the same with her thirty-three years of suffering/estasy, and in ecstasy she received the IMAGE OF MERCY with BOTH the Red and the White Rays of Light from Our Lord's Sacred Heart.

    Pope John Paul II fathered both of his Polish siblings into sainthood and he too was called to bear faithful heroic witness to the Red and White:

    -Red blood on the white of his holy cassock when he was assailed on May 13, 1981 and saved by Mother Mary.

    -White martyrdom last year...and what an impact it had...the glory of dying with dignity in the shadow of Terri Schiavo's murder.

    For me the message is clear. We Catholics are being called to possess it all, the Fullness of Truth, following the the example of the Little Flower whose fiat was an "I'll take it all."

    In this EITHER/OR globally competitive world we must seek the BOTH/AND with eyes wide open to Truth and hearts wide open to be pierced as we little ones work in the Vineyard in this eleventh hour.

    Anything less, at this critical time...well, we must resign that to the fathomless Mercy of God.

    Was the Polish spark Red and White Truth manifest in the Witness of Hope, the life of John Paul the Great?

    Well, if this is so, than maybe the German, Pope Benedict XVI, the soldier engineer, lover of beauty, has the mission of building a universal (catholic) pontoon bridge or do I dare say a covenantal Rainbow Bridge for humanity to cross as we are compelled by events to approach the Light of Truth, the Light of Christ and Eternity.

    I for one am hopeful.

    God Bless you.

    Mike Rizzio, SOLT


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