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Rosary Workshop  - Handmade Rosaries - RSTS.21568 -
BLESSED JERZY POPIELUSZKO - pg 1 of 2
  the fall of communism began in Poland and moved through Europe
what happened? What woke the people up? Reflections on our world enemy today.


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BLESSED
 FATHER JERZY POPIELUSZKO
RSTS:  SAINTHOOD SERIES
 "Let us pray, so that we are free from fear, intimidating, and feelings of revenge and violence”.
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BLESSED JERZY POPIELUSZKO
(A MAN OF THE EUCHARIST)
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 WHO  WAS FATHER JERZY?
  Jerzy Popieluszko: Born in Okopy near Suchowola (Poland), 14 September 1947 (Feast of the Holy Cross), martdyred on 19 October 1984  Father Jerzy was a Polish Roman Catholic priest in a Communist land. He was a good priest, gentle spoken in a land where 95% of the Polish people were Catholic.
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Under Communist rule, The Polish people were told by the Police "No prayer, no Mass, no Rosaries, no Prayer Groups allowed". then something happened: 
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 THEN SOMETNING HAPPENED IN 1979
In 1979,  Karol Józef Wojtyla came home as Pope John Paul II to visit and encourage his fellow countrymen under the Communist rule. Father Jersey was in the crowd and heard the Pope say the following words which we still echo today:
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"BE NOT AFRAID"
    Do not be afraid', ....'Let your Spirit descend and change the image of the land ........ this land'." 
Pope John Paul II
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INSPIRED
 Father heard these simple but powerful words of the Holy Father in his heart. He was inspired by these words of encouragement and Father Jerzy began to speak out. In September of 1980 he heard about a newly formed trade union at the Gdansk Shipyard. 

SODALITY
He became associated with the opposition Solidarity (Polish trade union - Also see Lech Walesa). Father became their Advocate, Spiritual Advisor (Chaplain). There were over 10 million members by the end of the first year and growing. The numbers startled Father Jerzy at first.
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FATHER JERZY SAID:
   "Let us pray, so that we are free from fear, intimidating, and feelings of revenge and violence”.
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BEGINNING 
OF THE FALL OF COMMUNISM?
Father Jerzy's sermons were routinely broadcast by Radio Free Europe which made him famous throughout Poland during the early 80s. The Communists tried to silence him but were unsuccessful. There was no compromise against the ruling forces yet the people heard the words of the young Priest and held to them. It is believed this stand was the first signs of the fall of Communism in central and Eastern Europe.

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FREEDOM FROM FEAR   -  FREEDOM WITHIN
OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA   -   MARTYRDOM
to better understand the times he lived in, see 
REMEMBERING
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one has to wonder as world events
are chaning daily are these
WORDS MEANT FOR TODAY?
do not miss the three rosaries also inspired by Fr Jerzy
ROSARIES OF MARTYRDOM - Pg 2 of 2
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~ FREEDOM FROM FEAR ~
"BE NOT AFRAID"
 PopeJohn Paul II on his first visit as Pope with his fellow people of Poland
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AVE BEADS: 10 mm 'druzy beads' (inner crystals like timy geodes) in deep iridescent (peacock) tones of the rainbow promise.  Note how some break through the surface, like the appression brought to Poland by the comunist people. The tiny crevaces open up to hope in the people.   PATER BEADS: Old, vintage Jet Matte beads carry lines that appear to be slashes, reminding us of how they found Father Jerzy's body, slashed like the crucified Christ. The tiny faceted red beads on either side symbolize his blood. Note center below (Eucharist often called the sacrament of non violence)
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EUCHARIST
(sacrament of nonviolence)
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CHRIST 
CARRYING OUR CROSS
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 "FREEDOM FROM FEAR"
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~ "FREEDOM WITHIN" ~
OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA
The "Black Madonna of Czestochowa", protectress of Poland
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AVE BEADS:  We purchased these precious amber  beads from some lovely ladies from Poland years ago. When looking at the bag, we noticed a sign that said they were from Gdansk Poland, where much of the events happened. (Note, the inner flash of light makes beads appear rough.  Each bead is actually very smooth.) PATER BEADS: Pierced wooden beads, giving the sense of woumdedness, of the piercing and torture experienced by Father Jerzy on his death. Note medal of our Lady
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CHRIST 
CARRYING OUR CROSS
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OUR LADY 
OF CZESTOCHOWA
(protectress of Poland)
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ABOUT OUR LADY
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 OUR LADY OF CZESTOCHOWA 
  The 'Black Madonna of Czestochowa' icon is intimately associated with Poland for the past six hundred years. Its history prior to its arrival in Poland is shrouded in numerous legends which trace the icon's origin to St. Luke who painted it on a cedar table top from the house of the Holy Family. The same legend holds that the painting was discovered in Jerusalem in 326 by St. Helena, who brought it back to Constantinople and presented it to her son, Constantine the Great. 
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"FREEDOM WITHIN"
 Easier to prray and kinder to the hans,  the "All in one Loop" is traditional
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~ MARTYRDOM  ~
MISSING FOR 11 DAYS
Shortly after sharing these words below,  Father was followd home and arrested. He escaped but was caught again. He was tied up amd brutally beaten beyond recognition and thrown into the canal to die. For 11 days, no one knew hat hat happened to him. 
  "In order to defeat evil with good, in order to preserve the dignity of man, one must not use violence. It is the person who has failed to win on the strength of his heart and his reason who tries to win by force… Let us pray that we may be free from fear and intimidation, but above all from lust for revenge and violence."
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MARTYRDOM
 He was murdered in 1984 by three agents of the internal intelligence agency,  (Security Service of the Ministry of Internal Affairs) who were shortly thereafter tried and convicted of the murder.  He is recognized as a martyr by the Catholic Church, and was beatified on 6 June 2010.
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MARTYRDOM of FATHER JERZY
  JOHN PAUL II
9 DAYS THAT CHANGED THE WORLD
In Warsaw, in 1979, on his first visit back to his native war torn
Poland as the pope, he simply said:
    Do not be afraid',  ...'Let your Spirit descend and change the image of the land ... this land'." 
 alsowidely alleged that the Vatican Bank covertly funded Solidarity. 
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A PEACEFUL REVOLUTION
 Credited with being instrumental in bringing down Communism in Central and Eastern Europe, by being the spiritual inspiration behind its downfall and catalyst for "a peaceful revolution" in Poland. Lech Walesa, founder of 'Solidarity', credited John Paul II with giving Poles the courage to demand change.  According to Walesa, "Before his pontificate, the world was divided into blocs. 
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FATHER JERZY SPREAD THE WORD
Nobody knew how to get rid of Communism. Father Jerzy Popieluszko spread this word of peace and the people responded.
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THEN DOWN CAME 
1961 - THE BERLIN WALL - 1989
(and the Cold War was about to end)




~ REMEMBERING FIRST HAND ~
  PRAYED FOR DAILY FOOD
I asked Father Joe If he was familiar with Fr Jerzy and he said, " Yes. My neighbor was from Poland, Stella knew the family of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko and she was familiar with the village of Okopy located in North Eastern Poland. 
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She said: "Fr Jerzy Popieluszko never took the communist ration cards for food but trusted the Lord Jesus to feed him. Sometimes his only food was the Eucharist for weeks. Stella said her family followed Fr Jerzy Popieluszko’s example of not accepting the communist ration cards, they prayed the rosary together as a family praying for food, and their large family always had something to eat. 

Father Joe said, "The Family made the best cabbage pie I have ever eaten."

 POLISH FRIENDS AT OUR CHURCH
"My Family is from Poland. When I visit relatives I am reminded of how they put us to shame as Catholics" . (95 % of Poland is Catholic.)
 DO YOU HAVE ANY 
FIRST HAND STORIES OF THIS TIME PERIOD?
PLEASE SHARE any personal experiences to share regarding this time period. People are waking up to this blessed Priest and what happened when he simply told the truth. We must pray he intercedes for our ourt Nation and those of the hole word as our enemy today has a new name.
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BECOMING A SAINT
Fr. Jerzy is now blessed and we look forward to his sainthood. The more people who know about this Priest of truth, the better. 
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COLD WAR EXPERIENCE
All I remember from this Cold War period was hearing about the 'Solidarity Movement' and Lech Walesa, founder of 'Solidarity', but had no idea it led into the downfall of the Communist party in Europe through a priest named Father Jerzy Popieluszko who spoke only the truth to the Polish people. 
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HERE IN THE STATES
Our only Cold War (Missile Crisis) experience was my Navy husband who ran clandestine operations (submarine) delivering frogmen UDT Teams off the coast of Cuba. Thank God I never knew how close we came to all out war with nuclear devices planted by the Soviets just 90 miles from our coast in Cuba.




~  WORDS MEANT FOR TODAY? ~
WORDS MEANT FOR TODAY
Re read these words spoken by Fr Jerzy. They are not just past history.  They are alive today. Not Just about Poland and Communism in the 80s, but alive today --- truth against today's enemies by another name. Scripture reminds us:

2 CORINTHIANS 3:16,17 (nab)

    16  but whenever a person turns to the Lord the veil is removed.  17  Now the Lord is the Spirit, and where the Spirit of the Lord is, there is freedom. 
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REFLECTING 
ON HIS WORDS TODAY
When a government tries to impose untruths, when it distorts history, when it crushes attempts to live by ordinary moral values, then we must speak out. We must conquer hatred with love, lies with truth, anger and fear with courage and hope. This applied in Poland under Communism, but it applies anywhere, at any time. So if, for example, a government without necessarily being crude, or brutal about it tries to impose the beliefs on marriage to right to life, then we must speak out and tell the truth. And this applies when such untruths are imposed on children in schools, or public figures are bullied into silence on the subject, or if the Church is so bullied.
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THE PEOPLE HEARD 
The words of the Priest spoke to the hearts 
of the people and they began to gather against the opposition.
    “It is not enough for a Christian to condemn evil, cowardice, lies, and use of force, hatred, and oppression. He must at all times be a witness to and defender of justice, goodness, truth, freedom, and love. He must never tire of claiming these values as a right both for himself and others.”
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 HIS ONLY WEAPON WAS TRUTH
(let his words speak to us now, today. The enemy 
of world peace simply has another name)

INTERCESSORY PRAYER
Ask hin to interced for us. Our enemy today has a new name but the truth will set us free. Pray for good leadership, pray for our nation, pray for the whole world. "For the sake of his sorrowful passion, have mercy on us and on the whole world." 

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SEE PAGE 2 of 2  - (Fr Jerzy)
I WILL REJOICE FOREVER - (RSTS.21568.5)
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RSTS.21568.3,4,5
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DVDs - (ck Amazon)
for more information see these DVDs, and trailers:
     1 .MESSANGER OF THE TRUTH - (Martin Sheen)
2. JERZY POPIELUSZKO, Martyr of Communism -  (Bob / Penny Lord)
 3. FREEDOM IS WITHIN US  - (English Subs)
 4. TO KILL A PRIEST - (R) 
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also see more on:
ROSARY WORKSHOP: OUR LADY of CZESTOCHOWA
OUR LADY CZESTOCHOWA
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for more information on sainthood see
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