Jesus’ birth in Bethlehem is a historical fact, which gives every person’s life its utmost meaning and is a source of eternal joy.
Alicja Lenczewska, a retired teacher, died in Szczecin on 5 January 2012. The spiritual notes she left behind, collected in two volumes, Świadectwo [Testimony] and Słowo pouczenia [A word of Instruction], are gems of religious literature.
St Charbel is a great mystery for the world of science, and for all of us an evident sign pointing to the existence of God. 117 years have passed since the death of this Lebanese hermit, but his body is not decaying. Thanks to his intercession, spectacular healings and conversions continue to take place.
A dramatic history of the conversion of a Polish Jew — Father Daniel Oswald Rufeisen, a discalced Carmelite (1922-1998) — shows that searching for the truth in earnest always ends in a personal meeting with Jesus Christ who lives, teaches, forgives all sins and guides us to heaven in the Catholic Church.
The human heart is a battleground. It is the site of a perennial struggle between good and evil, light and darkness, life and death. On the one hand, we desire eternal happiness; on the other, we fall prey to temptations that present sin in such a glamorous light as to persuade us that it is the source of our happiness rather than our worst tragedy.
Our time on earth is brief. It is now that we decide our eternity: either we choose the unimaginable happiness of everlasting love in Christ or we choose the horrific pain of eternal loathing. God reminds us of this truth through extraordinary signs and miracles in the lives of great mystics such as Natuzza Evolo of Calabria, Italy, who died on November 1, 2009.
During this Year of Faith, Pope Benedict XVI calls on us to re-discover our joy in the priceless treasure made available to us through faith based on a personal encounter with the Risen Christ—the Christ who, as the Catholic Church teaches, forgives all sins and bestows the gift of fullness of life. “Faith,” he tells us, “is a gift that needs to be discovered anew, fostered, and witnessed to. The ‘door of faith’ (Acts 14:27) is always open for us, ushering us into the life of communion with God and offering entry into his Church. It is possible to cross that threshold when the word of God is proclaimed and the heart allows itself to be shaped by transforming grace. To enter through that door is to set out on a journey that lasts a lifetime. It begins with baptism (cf. Rom. 6:4), through which we can address God as Father, and it ends with the passage through death to eternal life, fruit of the resurrection of the Lord Jesus, whose will it was, by the gift of the Holy Spirit, to draw those who believe in him into his own glory (cf. Jn. 17:22)” (Porta Fidei, 1).
Natuzza Evolo never sought out contact with the dead on her own. It was God who decided when and which dead souls should meet her and convey their message through her.
In October of 2008, an extraordinary event took place at St. Anthony of Padua parish church in Sokółka, Poland. A consecrated Host was transformed into a fragment of muscle tissue belonging to a living human heart suffering severe stress and on the point of death.
Jesus, ever present in the Eucharist, bids each of us to come to Him with all our problems. “Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I will give you rest” (Mat 11: 28).
Like other Eucharistic miracles that have occurred throughout the history of the Church, the miracle at Sokółka is a special revelation of the power of Almighty God who calls us all to conversion; it also serves us an object lesson.