Fr Józef Grzywaczewski
Rector of Polish Seminary in Paris
Last time we had a lot of impressions: the Mass on the 20th
anniversary of the death of Father Popiełuszko,
piano concert and the performance in the theatre of the Polish
Catholic Mission in France.
The performance remembered us the triple miracle which we experienced
last time :
first one : Poland reached the liberty without any war! This is a
bigger miracle when that of 1920. That time the Polish army defeated
the Russians, there was a battle, on both sides there were many killed
soldiers. We reached our liberty for a price much smaller.
second one : not only Poland became a free country, but all
countries of former soviet block. It has changed the whole situation
on the European continent.
third one : not only Poland became a free country, not only other
countries left the soviet block, but the block itself has
So, we have many reason to be happy and to be proud.
In this moment a propose not do use the expression: <collapsing of
the wall of Berlin> any more. This sentence seems to signify that the
destruction of the east block has started in Germany. No, it was not
in Germany, it was in Poland! It is our country which largely
contributed to the destabilisation the communist system.
So, we did see a peaceful revolution. Yes, we “saw” such a
revolution, but it does not mean that it has been made by itself. It
was a miracle, but not without participation of many people.
This revolution was possible because of the faith of Polish people.
Our generation received the heritage of faith from older generation. I
express our gratitude for the gift of faith to all who introduced us
the Christian mysteries.
Last time it was spoken a lot about Father Popieluszko. Of course
this priest martyr deserves to speak about him. We respect him and we
honour him, but … not as someone exceptional, in this sense: while
the whole society did not move, there was one who dared say the truth.
Non. We honour Father Popieluszko as a typical person, especially as
a typical priest. We have to remember and testify: in that time there
ware many priests engaged in the same activity. In eastern part of
Poland it was Father Wszniewski who organized Masses for the country;
there ware a lot of priests who went to the factories to be with the
workers protesting against the bed system. Now, I express our
gratitude to all, priests and laypersons for their courage in that