Br. Błażej letters – Night 439
As War Rages On, Ukrainians Find Strength in Faith and Solidarity
Date: May 10, 2023
On the 439th night of war, Tuesday, May 9th, the people of Ukraine experienced widespread unrest. Red alarms sounded throughout the country, and 23 of 25 drones were destroyed by Ukrainian anti-missile systems during the night of May 8-9. The debris from these destroyed rockets caused further damage and fires, prompting Kyiv residents to seek shelter in metro stations. Despite these challenging circumstances, all Capuchin brothers remain safe, praying for a just peace to be granted.
As the Apostle Paul was stoned yet survived, Ukrainians understand that God’s love allows for suffering to strengthen their spirit. They hold onto the message of peace given by Christ, acknowledging that they live in war but do not live by war.
Kyiv Mayor Vitali Klitschko visited a site damaged by a Shahid drone, reporting that the previous night, Russians had launched over 60 drones at Ukraine, with 35 targeting Kyiv. Thanks to anti-rocket systems, all rockets were downed, though damage from shrapnel remains an issue.
Volunteers and angels like Marcin Izyk and his team prepare for their next visit to Ukraine, seeking both prayers and financial support. The conflict has not only affected Ukraine but also spilled over into neighboring areas, with Russian forces using banned phosphorus bombs on Bakhmut, leaving scorched Ukrainian soil in their wake. The region between Ukraine and Moldova, Transnistria, suffers as well.
On May 9, a day of remembrance and reconciliation, Ukrainians like those at Clara Studio in Vinnytsia commemorated the occasion. However, this date is not considered a holiday in Ukraine, as many hope for a future free from such conflicts.
In Medjugorje, Brother Zbyszek Sawczuk embarked on a pilgrimage, praying to the Mother of God and Mother of Peace for her intercession. The Capuchin brothers continue to provide support and information throughout Ukraine. Brother Leonid Kushniruk in Krasyliv and Slobidka reported that parishioners, despite working in the fields, continue to support their defenders by providing food.
Brother Kazimierz Guzik in Lviv shared a video. https://youtu.be/21H23eJIYe4
As the war continues, the people of Ukraine find solace and strength in their faith, united in their hope for peace and reconciliation.
Christ is risen! Христос Воскрес!