Father Finigan has a fine post about his trip to Poland and his visit to the shrine of Bl Jerzy Popiełuszko.
Bl Jerzy’s name was one that resonated greatly in my life as a youth; it serves as a rebuke to a mind grown used to the lazy comfort that a monstrous evil no longer crouches over Eastern Europe as it did throughout my childhood and youth.
Here is the chapel where Blessed Jerzy preached the sermons that so infuriated the communists that they beat him to death, tied him up, put his body in the boot of their car and then dumped it in the river Vistula.
Whenever we feel oppressed or persecuted as Catholics, we must look to Bl Jerzy and consider it in the light of of a brutal persecution that happened in Europe in the lifetimes of ourselves or our parents.
And I suggest that we should pray for the intercession of the Bl Jerzy that the indifference to religion in modern society does not, once more, become the active persecution that atheists and secularists have inflicted on us since the French revolution.