Some excerpts from my book The Constant Procession, on the Ukraine people in world wars, Communist suppression, and it’s religious diaspora. The Ukraine people are ‘stubborn believers’ in a most inspiring way.
Back at the end of WWII the victors with major armies, the USSR and the USA quickly became enemies. Concerns by the victors as to how to rebuild the defeated countries from both physical destruction and governing approaches quickly shifted to diverging philosophical ways to replace the Nazis political control of the lands it had conquered in Europe.
Recalling what the Madonna told Fatima seer Sister Lucia: “If you pay heed to my requests, Russia will be converted and there will be peace. If not, Russia will spread her errors through the world, causing wars.”
Before long for the broken eastern european countries, fear and intimidation overcame peaceful transitions and the liberties found in the more open western european countries.
Ukrainian churches and culture were under siege throughout the times of the USSR.
But the ‘stubborn’ Ukranian ‘believers’ who immigrated to North America kept Ukrainian churches and the Ukrainian culture alive in the diaspora during the suppression, until ‘The Ukraine’ homeland gained independence in 1991.
This podcast includes observations from the brief break from winter, plus excerpts from my book first book, The Constant Procession about the prayer request from the 2nd Secret of the Fatima apparition of the Virgin Mary and also a prayer for the people of the Ukraine.
St Mary Mazzarello had a vision of a big building filled with orphaned girls. She remembered this vision when St Bosco of the Salesians asked her to create the Daughters of Mary, Help of Christians (aka Salesian Sisters) to take care of abandoned young girls. It is now a world-wide organization.
Sources and more information about St Mary Mazzarello & the Daughters of Mary Help of Christians, aka Salesian Sisters:
While overseas last fall, I literally “stumbled” on the “Marian Column” in Old Town Prague.
The story of the Marian Column of Prague is obscure. It had been hidden behind the Iron Curtain for too long. The original built in 1650 stood for 300 years before being destroyed in 1918.
But the bravery of the people of Czechoslovakia and their demands for freedom during the peaceful “Velvet Revolution” in 1989, formed their new countries of the Czech Republic and Slovakia.
Thirty years later in June 2020, citizens of the new Czech Republic, their artistic freedoms of expression alive once again, combined with many peoples undying love for the Madonna and returned the Marian Column to the spot where the Virgin Mary once again, offers her love for humanity.
Lots More to this Story:
BBC.com- good history includes dying leader regret + documents atheistic country:
The 3rd candle of Advent couples nicely with the Nativity Fast, where the arrival of Jesus is getting brighter! Plus an excerpt from my book “The Constant Procession” about the apparition of Our Lady of Laus.
Can you feel the gradual shift towards Christmas by the activities of people around you?
Also in this podcast is the story of the apparition of “Our Lady of Guadalupe” from my book, “The Constant Procession.”
This week also reminds me of December 7, 1941, when paradise was attacked in Hawaii at Pearl Harbor. Can you imagine how that day of Infamy thrust the USA into war with Japan and also Germany during WW2?
Fortunately for humanity this first week in December also includes the “Conception of the Virgin Mary” and December 9-12 also celebrates when St Juan Diego had an apparition of the Virgin Mary in 1531.
Ultimately throughout history, Christ’s Birthday season always continues.
The story of Our Lady Victorious, as the name implies, has differing Marian roots from two churches with similar names. One from last weeks’ podcast Episode (274) while I was in Paris and the other from an early fall podcast (Episode 269) when I was in Upstate New York.
As for the people of Prague, there is a special connection that dovetails with a miraculous statue known as “Infant Jesus of Prague” which is at home in the Our Lady Victorious church.
Podcast sources & more about Our Lady Victorious, Infant Jesus of Prague and the Nativity Fast: