Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 297

December 18, 2022
Capuchin Communications

December 18, 2022

It was a quiet morning in Kyiv yesterday. Ukraine is healing its wounds (electricity), which it suffered after the recent Russian kamikaze drone raids.
Rocket airstrikes near Kherson.
On the way, on the train, on people’s phones, alerts were turned on announcing the danger of bombing raids. Ukraine all “red.”
The train continued on its way. God, grant us peace!
In Vinnytsia Sunday frosty morning. Peaceful. We wait what the day will bring us. God, give us peace!

The Word… It’s the greatest message: “Here therefore, O house of David…”Behold, the Virgin shall conceive and bear a Son, and shall call His name Emmanuel” i.e. God with us. “Joseph, son of David, do not be afraid to take unto you Mary your spouse; for of the Holy Spirit is that which is conceived in her. She shall give birth to a Son, whom thou shalt name Jesus; for He shall save His people from their sins.”
Listen, this is the only way for Jesus to be born in your heart. Listen…..
Come, Lord Jesus!

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

Yesterday, together with our guests from Italy and Br. Rafal, the vicar, we left Kyiv. We traveled by the same train: I to Vinnytsia, the guests to Przemysl and on to Krakow and Rome. Thank God for our brother guests and the brothers of the Kyiv community for their wonderful hospitality. The last photo from Kyiv. (photo)

Children at a Rorate mass, welcomed their pastor (superior) with the Gift of Wisdom. Brother Joseph, according to his kindness and wisdom, returned the favor to his little protégées (parishioners). (photo)

Working meeting with our brothers from Italy and, among others, with Mrs. Ludmila, director of the “House of Fr. Pio.” (photo)
We visit our monastery and pastoral rooms, halls. (photo)
A brief meeting with children in the common room (shelter).
Volunteers, women with Sr. Bogumila in anticipation of the preparation of refugees, displaced persons. (photo)

“Saving the Future.” At the railroad station, an exhibition of history was held at the beginning of the war. “Exodus” of mothers with children to Poland and other countries of Western Europe. (photo)

News from the brothers:

Krasyliv (Bro. Leonid Kushniruk):
Candy on the occasion of Sapientia. (photo)