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17th Pilgrimage from Philadelphia - 17. Pielgrzymka z Filadelfii

 

17th Pilgrimage from Philadelphia - 17. Pielgrzymka z Filadelfii

 

Arrival of Walking Pilgrimages to American Czestochowa - 17th Pilgrimage from Philadelphia
Przybycie Pieszych Pielgrzymek do Amerykańskiej Częstochowy - 17. Pielgrzymka z Filadelfii

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III Międzystanowa Pielgrzymka Rowerowa do Amerykańskiej Częstochowy

III Pielgrzymka Rowerowa do Amerykańskiej Częstochowy 2018 r.
Autor filmu Andrzej Zun

 

III Pielgrzymka Rowerowa do Amerykańskiej Częstochowy 2018 r.
Autor filmu Paweł Frankowski 

 
Fatima Day - August 13th

 

Fatima Day - August 13th, 2018

 

On August 13th, 2018 another Fatima Day Devotion took place at our Shrine. This month the Main Celebrant of the Holy Mass and the outdoor Rosary Procession was Most Rev. Thomas Wenski, Archbishop of Miami.

 

Archbishop Thomas Wenski's homily preached during Fatima Day at the National Shrine of Our Lady of Czestochowa - August 13, 2018:

Simeon predicted that Jesus would be a sign of contradiction - the cause of the rise and fall of many; and that a sword of sorrows would pierce his mother's heart. Today, the 13th of August, reminds us of the truth of these words that speak to us across the centuries in the Word of God, words that should comfort us in our trials as we struggle to witness to hope in a world that because it wishes to live without God, without reference to his truth, finds itself increasingly without hope.

101 years ago, today, the shepherd children of Fatima were to go to Cova de Iris, as they had in other months where they were to meet the Lady whom we know now was the Queen of Peace, the Blessed Virgin. Thousands had gone before them hoping to catch sight of the vision; but the children did not arrive. They were kidnapped by the town's major, taken to a police station, where they were threatened with various punishments unless they recanted and declared that what they had reported was a fraud.

Though they very young - simple children of simple people, they refused to deny the truth of what they saw. The mayor and his cohorts thought that they could put fear into the hearts of these shepherd children - but they failed. In fact, when the day was over the children were released - and it was the mayor and his people who were afraid.

In today's reading from the Book of Revelation, the beloved apostle to whom Jesus entrusted Mary, his mother, writes of the struggle between the woman and the dragon. The dragon, in St. John's vision, certainly represented the power of the anti-Christian Roman Emperors, from Nero to Domitian. Next to the power of the Roman Empire, the early Church must have appeared as a defenseless woman with no chance of survival and even less of victory.

But, the passage refers more than just to the struggle between the early Church and Nero; rather it refers to the epic battle between good and evil that the People of God are engaged in while we traverse this "valley of tears". And how often throughout history, the power of evil and hatred seemed so much stronger than the power of good and love. This was certainly the case during much of the 20th century: World War I, the Great Recession, World War II, the Cold War - and serial holocausts: Armenians, Jews, Cambodians and, of course, the unborn killed through abortions.

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