BELARUS – LIGHT AMID SHADOWS

It was a true blessing for me to accompany Mother Jana to Belarus from 9 – 19 November, 2018.

True, this was my second visit to Belarus,  the first being about 20 years ago.  The main purpose of our visit was  to meet with all the Sisters in the province, the first meeting in Grodno and the second in Nowogródek.  Nevertheless, Sister Maria Błaszczyk, Provincial Superior, very kindly arranged that we should visit every convent which she claimed was “on the way” from Minsk, to Grodno to Nowogródek and then back to Minsk for our departure to Rome.

Devotion to our Blessed  Martyred Sisters has spread far and wide not only in Belarus but also throughout the world.   This was evident, for example in the Parish of  St John the Evangelist and St Maximilian Kolbe Parish, Minsk where the celebration for the feast of All Saints includes an All Saints Ball for young and old.  This year’s program included a drama presentation prepared by Sister Sister Klara Wołczek  on our Martyred Sisters with a particular focus on Sister Canuta. The  silence and reverent  atmosphere in the hall during the presentation  were signs that all were touched by the  performance.

May the example and spirit of our Blessed Martyred Sisters continue to light our path and inspire us to generously live our  consecration each day.

 

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