Tuesday, November 2, 2010

All Souls Day

Waking up to the warm rays of the rising sun in Los Angeles, hoping for a better day, brighter mind and peace in my heart. It has been long journey by Greyhound bus from Stockton to LA, arriving not as announced at 9.30 pm, but 11.30 pm... Welcoming Fr. Rafal, poor lad had to wait for me that long... And now the All Souls Day in the polish parish in Los Angeles, three Masses and a meeting with Polish diaspora in the evening... I love praying for the departed, I love offering Holy Mass for the repose of their souls, I love to recite Divine Mercy chaplet and other prayers for my sisters and brothers in Purgatory. This is so important! One day I become like them. How amazing is that to save souls from Purgatory! How important! How necessary this sacred solidarity, this union of souls helping each other...
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.
Te decet hymnus Deus, in Sion,
et tibi reddetur votum in Ierusalem.
Exaudi orationem meam;
ad te omnis caro veniet.
Requiem æternam dona eis, Domine,
et lux perpetua luceat eis.


  1. Wojciech,we have asked the Holy Souls to come to your aid and help you recover from the ordeal of yesterday. Also lit candles in our oratory for your intentions and have asked St. Martin De Porres (feast to-morrow) to work wonders for you - The Dominicans in our parish have a novena starting to-morrow here so you are in the prayers. Tom says he is very upset by what has happened to you- we all feel so helpless being so far away. But Tom says you always bounce back - you have a resilient spirit that is amazing , and no doubt you sure need it. Hope Los Angeles is a good experience for you. Get some rest as those Greyhound buses are a nightmare. I remember one priest visiting our convent in Alabama and he couldn't walk for 2 days after the stiffness caused by the bus journey made him immobile. Also I noticed you are writing blogs in ' the wee hours of the morning' when you should be sleeping. Don't neglect rest and sleep despite all the stress you are under as your health is so important. Great that you are again among the Polish community - they will refresh you and you them - of that I am certain.
    United in prayer and spirit and wishing you good times ahead. 'Go n-eirigh an bothar leat' may the road rise before you - a good luck Irish wish

  2. Thank you, Lena. It has been a strange day today. Very bright and sunny with temps just like I like them - 30 Celsius in the shadow :) Busy day with three Masses, with two celebrated already, one in the parish and the second - diocesan - in the chapel at the huge catholic cemetery somewhere in LA, I don't know where as I was taken there, then rosary with Poles at Polish graves quarters. Then a visit to a Polish family who were refugees as kids during the second world war in Uganda and after the war. I like to meet them and share...

    On the other hand, the seriousness of my situation finally got to me and I feel 'raped' with my privacy violated and helpless with this situation which will need a lot of time and effort to restore...

    And yes, I will not use the Greyhound bus for a foreseeable future as I feel like I am worked in the fields for a week. :(