Letters from Br. Błażej: Night 397
March 28, 2023
Russian terrorists shelled Sloviansk last night. There are civilian casualties. This time kamikaze drone attacks. Sviatoshyn District in Kyiv got hit. Fire.
Evening and night very restless. Alarm in some districts.
God, give us a just peace.
The Word… This is the nature of man, our nature: “… on the way, however, the people lost patience. And they began to speak against God and Moses: ‘Why did you bring us out of Egypt, that we should die here in the desert? There is no bread or water, and we have already become miserable with this meager food.’
So the Lord sent snakes with a burning venom upon the people, which bit the people, so that a great number of Israelites died. So the people came to Moses, saying: ‘We have sinned by murmuring against the Lord and against you. Intercede for us to the Lord, that he may remove the serpents from us.’ And Moses interceded for the people.”
“… If a snake bit someone, and the one bitten looked at the copper snake, he stayed alive.” This is the nature of God. Love is patient, very patient and God is love!
We live in a war, we do not live by war.
Stalowa Wola, Poland:
In the hometown of Br. Adam Wróbel, Councillor of the Custody and Guardian of Kiev, a funeral of our mother Maria Wróbel took place. May she rest in eternal peace. (photo)
Br. Sergey Kippa, custos:
Brothers, let us remember in prayer for Adam’s mother.
From the Custody, the funeral will be attended by Br. Marek Lisowski.
For Adam, sympathy and prayer support +
Ukraine in America. (photo)
News from the brothers:
Krasyliv/Slobidka Krasylivska (Bro. Leonid Kushniruk):
Today they cooked cabbage for stuffed cabbage rolls. A big thank you to the women who leave their business and rush to help. They don’t get tired of helping. Because they understand well that it is thanks to the soldiers that we can do our household chores: cleaning, raking in the garden, planting potatoes….
Just so you understand, the school makes the premises available, teachers can not work in the kitchen all the time, because they have a lesson every day during this time.
A big thank you to the Chelmenko family, sister Oleksandra, Bachurina J., Charevych M., Gorska L. for the products. (photo)
On Saturday, the OFS of the Khmelnytskyi region had its day of recollection at the Christ the King Parish in Khmelnytski.
The meeting began with Holy Mass, presided over and with a fiery solemn sermon by the regional assistant, Br. Leonid Kushniruk, OFMCap, under the diligent scrutiny of the assistant and countless local OFS communities of the region, Br. Anton Podgornyi, OFMCap.
This Day of Recollection was attended in large numbers by members of the Third Order who wish to develop their faith and be more faithful sons and daughters of St. Francis, in the number of about 50 people.
No less uplifting and delightful was the conference entitled “Spiritual Laziness” (although he spoke more about Christian joy than laziness—author’s note) by the regional assistant, Br. Leonid Kushniruk, OFMCap.
After the conference, there was an opportunity for sharing in small groups and a general summary during lunch together.
We thank God for this meeting, for each participant, for the assistant brothers through whom God spoke!
Thank you for our Franciscan Family!
Elder Chm. Reg. Galina P. (photo)