Early in the twentieth century, the Lord gave us a simple servant, Helen Kowalska, born in the small village of Glogowiec, Poland, on August 25, 1905, the day before the National Feast of Our Lady of Czestochowa. Poland is much like Mexico, 95% Catholic, but 98% Czestochowan. They have always had a great devotion to Our Lady under that title. She has saved them from utter destruction, many times in the history of this troubled country.
Poland has been dominated throughout the centuries to a great extent by her next door neighbors, Germany and Russia. From time to time, each would take turns invading and pillaging Poland. The period of time when Helen Kowalska grew up in the little village of what is today central Poland, was a turbulent time in the stormy history of the country. Just prior to Helen’s birth, Poland had been chopped up by its neighbors. In 1918, when Helen was only 13, a new Republic was created which gave the country just a fraction of its former land, small enough to guarantee, it would never be a threat to either Russia or Germany. But even that only lasted twenty one years, when Nazi Germany invaded Poland, and Russia (then part of the Soviet Union) then followed by occupying her until 1989.
In Sr. Faustina’s Diary, she wrote that Our Lord Jesus said to her, “I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming.”
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