Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 346
February 5, 2023
The Supreme Council (Ukrainian Parliament) has extended martial law and mobilization for another 90 days.
God, grant us peace!
The Word… Dear Brothers and Sisters…
I have been writing these letters to you, since the beginning of the war, and listening to today’s reading I find myself fully in it.
It was like this:
“Brethren, having come to you, I did not come to shine in word and wisdom, to preach to you the testimony of God. For I resolved, being among you, to know nothing more than Jesus Christ, and that crucified. And I stood before you in weakness and in fear, and with great trembling. And my speech and my proclamation of doctrine had nothing of the seductive persuasion of words of wisdom, but were a demonstration of the spirit and of power, so that your faith might rest, not on human wisdom, but on the power of God.”
“I am the light of the world, he who follows me will have the light of life.”
God is love!
We live in a war, we do not live by war.
First Saturday of the month at the Capuchins’. Men’s rosary for victory… (photo)
New York, USA:
School of Mary. Another session. (photo)
War, but it’s not war we live by. Brother Joseph, the guardian of our fraternity, prepares a festive dinner for the brothers. (photo)
Donetsk region under rocket fire all the time. Innocent people are being killed. (photo)
Christmas, Christmas and after Christmas… Franciscan Youth brings our Capuchin Church into the ordinary liturgical period. Of course, under the watchful eye of Brother Igor. (photo)
Capuchin sisters involved in helping the needy. (photo)
The professional fruits of the fundraising fairs organized by the Franciscan Youth will go to the right people. Let’s pray for our Benefactors. (photo)
News from the brothers:
Starokostiantyniv (Br. Anton Pogrornyj):
The four U.S. Army chaplains are also called “immortal chaplains” or “Dorchester chaplains.” During the crash of the transport ship “Dorchester” on February 3, 1943, they gave their lives saving civilians and military personnel. They organized the evacuation. They helped dive in lifeboats and donated their life jackets when their supplies ran out. The chaplains then offered their hands in prayer and sang hymns as the evacuation came to an end and the ship sank.
“Four Chaplains Day” is celebrated annually on February 3 in America by a unanimous decision of the US Congress in 1988. (photo)