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Letter from Br. Błażej: Night 132

July 6, 2022, Wednesday

We survived. At the front, more than one gave his life for his homeland, for Ukraine. There were alarms in Kiev, fortunately, we could not hear. We slept peacefully! Thank God.

The Word…. Listening to this Word there is anxiety in my heart. I have a somewhat different war on the prospect: “…. the greater the prosperity in the country, the more magnificent altars were built” served other gods. May everyone who reads this letter ask the Holy Spirit to understand this Word.

The answer to this new war and new unrest is the word of Psalm 105: “Always seek God’s face.” Love comes first. There is only the Altar of the Word of God and the Eucharist….depending on the vocation, there may still be an Altar / Table where the family gathers, the community, or in marriage: the altar – the marriage bed. Holy Spirit come! God is love.

We live in the war, we do not live by war.

The community in Dnipro received a new vehicle – a car, among other things, for transporting humanitarian aid. The donors are our Brothers and Benefactors from the Province of Austria. Thank you. The moment of installation of the license plates. (photo)

Some front militaries from Ukraine (photo). A new “Radio Bayraktar” has appeared on the Internet. I invite you )))
https://play.tavr.media/radiobayraktar/
or: Army FM https://www.armyfm.com.ua

After night raids in one village. (photo)

May God bless us and hold His fatherly hand over us….
Brothers of the Custody of Ukraine

Letter from Br. Błażej: Night 131

July 5, 2022, Tuesday

Almost all over Ukraine alarms. At our place we could not hear. I slept peacefully. In other places war. People are dying. Civilians are suffering. More evacuations of people from the east.

The Word…. To be mute means not to worship and thank God. A mute person is often also deaf, unable to hear God. Only knowing the true God, who is love, gives freedom, in which worship and joy appear. There is a need for those who proclaim in various ways that God is love, and by such means exorcise the spirit of fear, anxiety, the spirit of war. God is love.

We live in war, but we do not live by war.

Yesterday, with the help of our Benefactors and Brothers from America, we bought in Vinnitsa, the first two apartments for refugees from the East of Ukraine. Thank God for everything and everyone. (photo)

A brother in Lviv cooks a fraternal dinner…. admire and follow. ))) In Uzhgorod, work continues on the facade of the Pastoral Center. (photo) Vinnitsa – some photos of the roof repair. (photo)

God bless us….

Letter from Br. Błażej: Night 130

July 4, 2022, Monday.

I woke up already in Kiev. On the way back from Poland, from Krakow, there was less traffic on Ukrainian roads, similarly on the streets of Kiev. In our area of the city, peace and quiet. In the east, regular war. People are dying, civilians….. God, for peace, please.

The Word… “Thus says the Lord: “I will lure the bride and lead her into the desert, and speak to her heart.” The desert is a place where there is no life, yet people are alive. War, just the same, is a place where there is no life, but people are alive. What do the desert and war have in common? They are places where God especially speaks powerfully to the heart of man. I am a witness to this, and these letters that I have been writing for 130 nights are also a witness to this. “I will marry you to myself through faithfulness, and you will know the Lord.” A place and time where God gives new life. Deo gratias !!!
We live in the war, we do not live by war.

I returned to Kiev in the company of Sr. Veronica, a Nazareth nun who was in Poland for 58 days, helping, ministering to Ukrainian interrogators at the Przemyśl train station and various places where people, women and children from Ukraine were staying. Capuchin friars did similar service. Deo gratias, to the brothers and sisters.

Voronezh (Russia):
Today (Sunday) evening Br. Maxim went to Belarus. Thank you to the brothers of Belarus for their support and help.

Belgorod (Russia):
Things are calm at our place. We could hear explosions, but it’s about 10 km from us. Greetings and a blessed Sunday I wish you.

Dnipro:
At our place the night without alarms. The chaplain and a volunteer stayed overnight tonight. Today we plan to shop for a second guest room in the renovated part. There is a shortage of oil at gas stations. Brother Leonid on vacation, Wadym and I on site.

May God protect us and grant us Peace….
Brothers of the Custody of Ukraine

Letter from Br. Błażej: 125th Night

June 29, 2022, Wed. Saints Peter and Paul.

In Krakow, life goes on with a normal rhythm. In Ukraine, in two different regions of it, war – rocket raids. People are dying. Twenty people were killed in a shopping center. Rockets fell on Dnieper, a city of a million inhabitants. Our brothers live here. God give us peace.

The Word… “…. a Church prayed for him (Peter) constantly to God.” There are many testimonies of Ukrainian soldiers who talk about the incomprehensible moments thanks to which they are still alive. They say simply, it is thanks to God and people (the Church) who pray for them. The miracle for Peter is not that he got out of prison, or for us that this war will ever end. The miracle is what Peter himself says: “Now I know for certain that the Lord sent his angel and delivered me from the hand of Herod.” (Putin) The miracle is for the soldier, each of us to believe that there is a God in our lives and He will win my war and defeat Putin in my mind. “You are the Messiah, the Son of the living God.” God make me believe, make every Ukrainian and Russian believe that there is a God in our nations and countries. Jesus is Lord !!!

We live in war, we do not live by war.

Every day is a gift, writes Br. Sergij Gubicki. (photo)

Krasilov:
In Krasilov relatively normal life. We work with parishioners, the sisters distribute humanitarian aid, we take care of refugees who live in our retreat house, who feel more and more comfortable with us, they are smiling, open to conversation… .

Kiev:
Volunteers are present. (photo) Displaced people get help. (photo). Children are having fun. (photo)

May the Lord bless you and keep you…

Letter from Br. Błażej: Night 124

June 28, 2022, Tuesday.

In the places where the brothers live, the night passed peacefully. In yesterday’s attack on a shopping center in Kremenchuk 18 people were killed, all civilians.
Kharkiv shelled all day and night! Regular war in Donbass. Kherson occupied. Nikolaev shelled, similarly Odessa. God be merciful…..

The Word….. “Who is He that even the winds and the lake obey Him?” On the answer to this question depend my fears, anxieties, resentments, etc. “Lord, save us, we are perishing!” – There is no end to war. Children die, innocent people die. Rockets are scattered all over Ukraine. “Why are you so fearful.” – We don’t know who you are. “I hope in the Lord, I trust in his word…” Lord increase my faith that You watch over us, my brothers, over Ukraine.

We live in war, we do not live by war.

Today in Ukraine is Constitution Day of Ukraine – let us pray for the rule of law and peace in Ukraine.
The friars are assisting refugees. In Krakow, on the Main Square, there was another action against the war. (photo)

May God protect us…. from Russian missiles.

Letter from Br. Błażej: Night 123

June 27, 2022, Monday.

I have been staying for a few days in Krakow. I have been following the events in Ukraine, especially in the Capuchin Ukraine where our brothers and friaries are located. God is merciful. We pray for …..

The Word…. I am touched by the simple statements that God uses to reveal Himself to man: “Thus saith the Lord…”; “I brought this out before them…”; “And I brought this out…”; “Behold, I will crush…”
This is the mighty hand of God showing its strength in my life story. In the story of my life, God and his love is revealed. Follow this God, his Word, not your declarations, your desires. I will follow You, but….
Let God’s ” Here am I” be mine too: “here am I…”

We live in war, we don’t live by war….

Yesterday (Sunday) in Kiev, at our monastery, the brothers and Sisters of the Nazareth organized the 10th World Meeting of Families. (photo)

Short video clips.

Vineyard:
It is alarming at our place. But despite this, the Franciscan Youth of our parish are doing a charity fair. (photo) You can see and of course join in, you are welcome:
https://m.facebook.com/story.php?story_fbid=pfbid02Qnqb4Bdt2xnKbmy3ejj3AEcSaLFNq2b2PWhbYLQoG1kjPs4NUrS4j1hn5RHnJu31l&id=100001157038184&sfnsn=mo

May God grant us peace and keep us…

Letter from Br. Błażej: Night 122

June 26, 2022, Sunday.

In Kiev, in the morning, rockets fell on an apartment building in one area of the city. We do not know whether there are casualties. There are reportedly people under the rubble of the building.(Photo) Other regions of Ukraine were also bombed. God grant us PEACE.

The Word…. “Speak, Lord, for your servant is listening. You have the words of eternal life.” Willing to listen to You means I am open to change my thinking whatever that thinking is. This is freedom. “You shall love your neighbor as yourself.” War. Kill the enemy, in your mind, in your heart….This is my thinking…. Lord, do you want us to say, ‘Let fire fall from heaven and consume them?’ “But Jesus, having turned away, rebuked them.” You follow me, that is, look to me, listen to me, “This is what I teach: walk by the Spirit, and you will not fulfill the lust of the flesh.” Obey Israel….you shall love….and the enemy also….Russian also …

Voronezh (Russia):
I would like to send some photos of the dedication of our chapel in front of our house. (The maker of the project of Our Lady, Br. Grzegorz 🙂
May God give us peace.

Letter from Br. Błażej: Night 121

June 25, 2022, Saturday. Immaculate Heart of Mary.

About 40 rockets fell on Ukraine that night, according to media reports. How important is this peace in the heart…. Regular war in the east and south of Ukraine continues. God grant for peace. …!!!
Word… “Son, why have you done this to us? Behold, your father and I have sought you with an painful heart” gives me the courage to ask God questions. Don’t be afraid to ask God.

The answer is: “Why did you seek Me? Did you not know that I should be in what belongs to My Father”? Yet they did not understand what He told them.” War? Is it the will of the Father? God allowed war? Answer….? One thing I know is that only God can bring good out of this cruel war for me, for Ukraine…. “… I should be in what belongs to my Father.” The Father’s will is for me to know His love for me. God loves you. Keep this truth in your heart, just as Mary did.

We thank the guardian, Brother Tomasz, and the Capuchin community of Krakow for their fraternal welcome and hospitality to our “temporary Ukrainian diaspora” (photo). Here is our guardian, Br Tomasz:

Another song to keep up the spirit of the nation has appeared on the internet…. “We from Ukraine”:

 

Caritas Zagreb, Croatia put on their website: https://www.czn.hr/vijesti/humanitarna-pomoc-caritasa-zagrebacke-nadbiskupije-stigla-u-ukrajinu

Dnipro
Today at 4:20 a.m. Kyiv time, I opened the sign-up form for the queue to dispense humanitarian aid. At 6:30 I had to close because 2 thousand families and individuals had signed up. Greetings from the train to Wroclaw. (photo)

Kiev:
The right equipment for the right people in the right place has been purchased and donated. Thank you to the benefactors!

Brothers from Malta donate an ambulance for the cardiology institute in Kiev. The delivery of the vehicle is in progress. I thank the Provincial Minister for his support and Br. Rafał for his direct involvement! Immaculate Heart of Mary, intercede for us!

Vinnitsa:
Peace Brothers! There were a lot of air raid alarms yesterday and tonight. The last alarm was very long. May God bless us and keep us safe from Russian missiles also …

Letter from Br. Błażej: Night 120

June 24, 2022, Friday. Solemnity of the Sacred Heart of Jesus. The 120th war night.

I experienced that night, sleeping in the Capuchin friary in Krakow, Poland. It was an unplanned, sudden departure, in our war plans, here and now. In Ukraine, incessant alarms. In the east and south, regular war. God grant peace.

The Word…. God is love!!! “I will find the lost, I will bring back the strayed, I will bandage the wounded, I will strengthen the sick, and I will protect the fat and strong. I will feed righteously.” God is love!!! “Christ died for us while we were still sinners.” God is love!!! “In the same way, there will be greater joy in heaven for one sinner who repents than for ninety-nine righteous people who need no repentance” Heart of Jesus, have mercy on us !
Brothers in Kiev and Nazareth Sisters assist refugees from eastern Ukraine. (photo)

Dnieper:
Dnieper calm. Yesterday we did not give out aid due to problems with transport. Today we are issuing it. (photo). At 9:00 Holy Mass in the courtyard. For our sisters today’s celebration has a special meaning because their chapel at home is dedicated to the Sacred Heart. And since a lot of parishioners come and we don’t have room in the chapel, the Mass is in the backyard. I am on the train now, going to pick up the bus from Poland, donated by our benefactors in Austria, at the initiative of the Capuchin brothers who live there.
May God protect us….

Letter from Br. Błażej: Night 119

June 23, 2022, Wed. Nativity of St. John the Baptist.

In Uzhgorod, where I am currently, the night quiet. According to the application, in Kiev and other regions, alarms. Half an hour ago and in Uzhgorod alarms, as in all Ukraine. God is love. We are alive. In the east and south regular war.

The word…. that surpasses and frightens me. God’s will for my life is this: “I will establish you as a light to the Gentiles, that my salvation may reach to the ends of the earth. God help and do a miracle in my life so that this Word will be fulfilled in me….. “Blessed is the Lord God of Israel because …..”
Today Indulgence in Starokonstantinov. With best wishes to the Parish and Pastor Br. Stanislaw Manski. May God be glorified in the history of this parish and in your hearts……God is love.
In Uzhgorod, today in the Byzantine rite “Corpus Christi”. Brother Justyn returned home after the retreat. Thank God. In Ostropol, “Holidays with God” (photo)

In Kiev, at the Capuchins, Sr. Bogumila helps the needy and refugees. (Photo).
Kharkov. A school in ruins. A kilometer from the house where our friend Tania P. lives (photo)

Dnieper:
It’s quiet at our place. There are alarms. Today we do not give out aid, we had to stop, we can not assemble a full package of products. We hope to resume distribution tomorrow. Regarding repairs, we are laying electrical wiring for the guest rooms. Catechesis in the evening. Greetings.

Kiev:
As it turned out on Monday there was a thief in our house. According to Capuchin tradition, having been asked by the thief to open the gate because I asked to close it earlier than usual, the anonymous Br. A. hospitably opened it. )) Now we pray not only for our benefactors but also for the thieves.
Blessed be the Lord God of Israel….

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