Father Karol Wojtyla’s First Masses on November 2, 1946

The day after he was ordained a priest, Karol Wojtyła—later St. John Paul the Great—celebrated three first Masses on November 2, 1946, in the crypt oWawel_St_Leonard2f St. Leonard in Wawel Cathedral. A few friends and his aunt gathered together with him in this crypt that contains the remains of several kings, queens, clergy, and artists. George Weigel writes that the young priest wanted to express his gratitude to those influential Poles who had a significant impact on his life and education (Witness to Hope, 81). Continue reading

When One Nation Under God Moves Under the Devil

Today’s ruling of the Supreme Court that same-sex relationships may be institutionalized as a marriage is resulting in emotional reactions such as hopelessness or anger from many of my friends on my Facebook News Feed. Like Ireland before us, the United States has decided today to move as a nation from under God to a nation under the dominion of the devil just as when the Supreme Court legalized abortion in 1973. Continue reading

JP2 We Still Love You!!!

This post is dedicated to Sarah Behrend, my loyal first and only reader.

Ten years ago today, on the eve of the feast of Divine Mercy, I was given a tremendous blessing by God.  My friends and I were leaving Loreto, Italy, after making a pilgrimage to the Holy House of Loreto where Mary received the Annunciation of the archangel Gabriel and Jesus spent His childhood.  Before boarding the train to go back to our school campus in Gaming Austria, I saw a picture of John Paul II and told my friends that I didn’t think he had much longer to live. Continue reading