A martyr of Solidarity

October 20 is the celebration of the feast of Blessed Jerzy Popieluszko, (1947-1984), a Polish diocesan priest, supporter of Solidarity, abducted, October 19, and killed, on October 20, 1984.

It was by chance that he became involved in Solidarity, but he began celebrating monthly Masses for the country. At the December 1982 Mass he preached these words:

“Do not fight by means of violence. Violence is a sign of weakness. Whatever cannot win by influencing the heart tries to win by means of violence. The most splendid and lasting battles known to history are the battles of human thought. The most ignoble and the shortest are the battles of violence. An idea which needs weapons to survive will die of itself. The idea which prevails merely through the use of violence is perverted. A living idea conquers by itself. It is followed by millions.”

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