12/8/2021 – Servant of God Walter Ciszek
Servant of God Fr Walter Ciszek died on the Feast of the Immaculate Conception.
This would seem to have been a special grace in response to his great devotion to Mary’s Immaculate Conception and Her Immaculate Heart.
Seven years after Our Lady asked for prayers and sacrifices for the Conversion of Russia, Pope Pius XI put out a call for missionaries to Russia. Still a seminarian, Walter Ciszek heard the call and offered his life and priesthood in response. In the more than 30 years he spent in Eastern Europe and Russia (23 years as a prisoner), the rosary was part of his everyday life.
When he couldn’t celebrate Mass, when he couldn’t pray the office, when he had no priest to whom he could confess, he could still pray the rosary.
“Every afternoon, I said three rosaries—one in Polish, one in Latin, and one in Russian.” It is for good reason that Our Lady recommends the rosary to all. The Rosary is always accessible.
Even in times of terrible hostility when it cannot be prayed aloud, when beads are confiscated, the rosary can still be prayed from the secret silence of our hearts to the Immaculate Heart of Mary.
P.S. Just a reminder for the men. Exodus 90 will be starting in January. There is a special information meeting taking place on Zoom on Thursday at 8pm.Nathaniel from Exodus90 will be speaking. Some lads will give their own testimony. Please spread the word to men. Here is the link for the meeting: