Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 260
November 11, 2022
God gave us another day. We went to bed in the dark, we also got up without light, but thank God, we are alive and can pray together with our brothers—without light, but together. (photo)
As of yesterday, the region of Dnipro Province was shelled. In Mykolaiv a five-story building was destroyed. The search for victims is underway. God, give us Peace!
A festive holiday!!! In Poland there are solemn celebrations [Polish Independence Day—SJP Communications]. It is appropriate at this point to quote the well-known words of Marshal Józef Piłsudski delivered in Vinnytsia: “There is no free Poland without free Ukraine.”
We would like to take this opportunity to once again thank Poland and the Polish people for all the help shown to Ukraine and Ukrainians. Long live free Poland! Long live free Ukraine!
By the way, we thank the Polish Ambassador in Kyiv, Mr. Bartosz Cichocki. The Polish Ambassador and the Apostolic Nuncio did not leave [Ukraine–SJP Communications] when the war started. Mr. Cichocki, all the best!
The Word… Once again, maybe someone is already bored, because I am often bored with this constant writing: listen and listen. Today also “Blessed are those who listen to God.” Happy the one who listens to God. Unhappy who does not listen to God. I don’t know about you, but I want to be happy. God “made me a capuchin” so that I can be happy. Listening to God, even this war that is unnecessary to anyone will not prevent me from being happy. One condition—listen to God. God is love! God loves you! Do you hear? You will be happy!
We live in war, we do not live by war!
Our Benefactors write letters, Br. Marcello from Milan wrote a letter to Br. Sergei, the custos:
I apologize for writing to you in Italian, but I hope you will be able to translate this… I am very happy that the ophthalmic equipment reached its destination intact. We thank the Lord, who suffers in every innocent person, because in this situation so tragic and full of suffering, He gives us the opportunity to help and love. What we have been able to do is a drop in the ocean, but we will continue to be close to you. I wish I could hug you personally, and with you hug and thank all your brothers for the witness that remained close to your people, risking their lives every day and every night. I read the diary written by Brother Blazej, sent by Brother Henryk, and suffer with you.
I ask the Lord to grant me one day the joy of welcoming you here in Milan, at the Opera San Francesco.
May God bless and protect you and all your brothers!
fr. Marcello Longhi
President of Opera San Francesco for the Poor
A form of protest against the war, among other things, is to work, to rebuild what the Russians and their war destroyed. (photo)
Endowed by the Capuchin Friars and the Caritas [Catholic Charities—SJP Communications], the refugees give back as much as they can and with what they can. (photo) And we continue to pray with Fr. Pio for our Brothers and Benefactors.
Invitation to the next “Night of Vigil with Mary.” (photo)
Our angel, Marcin Izyk, is already in Kazakhstan today. Warm greetings from the Alpha Conference. There was a time when we were once there together. (photo)
Greetings to the Polish brothers on the occasion of the great Independence Day! May the Lord stir up your Polish blood for God’s great things!
May God show us the true face and guard us!