On Sunday, September 12, the Great Feast of Faith in Warsaw, the Church in Poland celebrated the beatification ceremony of Cardinal Stefan Wiesinski, teacher of Saint John Paul II, and Mother Elipita Rosa تشاaka.
Cardinal Stefan Wiesinski was Archbishop of Poland from 1948 to 1981, he is considered the tutor of Saint John Paul II and the pastor who saved the faith of the Poles in the difficult times of communism.
Mother Elipita Rosa Chaca was a blind nun who founded the Congregation of the Franciscan Sisters of the Servants of the Cross and created the Lasky Opera, a center for the education of blind children and dialogue with unbelievers.
The Emotional Beatification Ceremony It was presided over by the Prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints, Cardinal Marcelo Simraro, at the Temple of Providence in Warsaw with the participation of many civil and ecclesiastical authorities, hundreds of believers present inside the church and many others who followed the celebration outside the temple on giant screens.
At the beginning of the liturgy, the Archbishop of Warsaw, Cardinal Kazimierz Niecz, presented the biographies of the new blessed, then Cardinal Marcelo Cimraro spoke in the Latin words of the rite of beatification.
As usual, after the unveiling of the two large paintings with pictures of the new blessed, the audience applauded while the choir sang a song.
Immediately afterwards, the new blessed relics, with two small bouquets of flowers and two lit candles, were placed on one side of the altar.
Among the various details of the ceremony, they highlighted that the first reading was given by a blind woman reading in Braille and the musical animation of the choir made up of several singers and instruments.
In his homily, delivered in Italian and translated into Polish, the prefect of the Congregation for the Causes of Saints referred to the prayer of the Church. Magnificat It was launched by the Virgin Mary in the Gospel of Saint Luke to indicate that “the words of the hymn of praise that the Virgin Mary recited today express our thanks to God for our participation in the beatification of Cardinal Stefan Wiesinsky and Mother Elipita Rosa Chaca.”
With this in mind, Cardinal Simraro noted that “Poland is a Marian nation, Poland has given and donated to the Church, throughout the ages, outstanding figures of saints, men and women of God. Just as He did when the Archangel Gabriel was sent to the Virgin named Mary, God today also calls true witnesses to holiness to honor and praise His name.”
“Poland, nation of Mary, land of saints and blessed, in this Temple of Providence, through the intercession of the Virgin Mary, Blessed Stefan Wiesinski and Blessed Elipita Rosa Chaka, We ask God today to give us the strength to be faithful witnesses of His merciful love for every human being in need of our time.Cardinal said.
Along these lines, Cardinal Simraro prayed “that the new blessed may be a powerful intercessor for this worthy nation, that they be a light for state and local authorities, and that Support the Church in Poland with perpetual fidelity to the Gospel of Christ“.
Citing the words of Pope Francis at a recent public meeting, in which he described the saints as “witnesses we revere and who transform us in a thousand different ways to Jesus Christ, Lord and the only mediator between God and man,” the Vatican Authority added that the new blessing “is given to us as Examples for us, but also as intercessors that we can turn to with confidence“.
“They are models because they were obedient to the grace that worked in them. They are intercessors because, as the Catechism of the Catholic Church reminds us, they “contemplate and glorify God and do not cease to care for those who remain on earth (…) Their intercession is the highest service of God’s plan. “We can and must ask them to intercede for us and for the whole world,” Cardinal Simraro explained.
For this reason, he called the Cardinal to surrender himself “to the intercession of the newly blessed.” May the desire to live as saints be kindled in usBecause, as Pope Francis reminds us again, “holiness can flourish in our lives, though weak and marked by sin.”
In addition, Cardinal Simraro highlighted aspects of the lives of each of the New Blesseds. For example, he said that Cardinal Wyszyński, “as the true son of the Polish land, had in his heart a deep devotion to the Most Holy Theotokos,” so under the gaze of the Virgin Mary “only entrusted to God the life and destiny of the Polish nation” and taught him “to live only for God and to please Him alone” through their daily pastoral service.”
Regarding Mother Elipita Rosa Chaca, the cardinal highlighted her “firm belief in God and his divine providence, as well as” her extraordinary diligence and commitment.
“La Beata Elżbieta Róża nos muestra que There are no obstacles for those who want to love God and be loved like Him. He added that there were also many difficulties in his life in which he, with incredible hope, continually affirmed his devotion to God who is love.
Finally, Cardinal Simraro reminded that the Universal Church celebrates this Sunday the liturgical feast of the Holy Name of Mary “because Christians consider her a shining star, call her mother and, in case of danger, run to her as a refuge.”
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