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Remembering: St. John Paul II With Edith Zierer

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I watched a video today that I must share on this day of Remembering The Holocaust..
I am not going to write about this, as I just feel, know in my heart, there is more of a need today, for them to tell the story.

Edith Zierer was born to a wealthy and educated Jewish family in Katowice, Poland.  In 1939, in advance of the German invasion of Poland, her family fled and moved from place to place.

“Suddenly, totally unexpectedly, a young priest made his way through the people and approached me. I looked up and saw a Christian priest in a brown robe standing in front of me, with a great light in his eyes. He turned to me of all the people who were sitting there in the station, and asked ‘Why are you sitting here like that?’” she recounted.

The young priest was Karol Wojtyla, who in 1978 would become Pope John Paul II. He brought her a sandwich and tea. “I was thin, gaunt, tired and ill. To this day I remember the first bite … I finished the sandwich and he told me to stand up because ‘We’re going,’ as he said. I wasn’t capable of standing on my skinny legs. I fell onto the floor of the train station and he was forced to carry me in his arms.”

Edith Zierer entered into eternal life in 2014. For Oral history interview with Edith Zierer, please see this LINK

 

 

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D Day

‘Through the gate of death may they pass to their joyful resurrection’ is the inscription at the American cemetery, Obama Beach, in Normandy France.

American Troops Landing on D-Day, Omaha Beach, Normandy Coast, 1944

The Normandy Prayer

Oh Eternal Lord God

Who has united together all the Veterans

of the Normandy Campaign

Grant on we beseech you

Your Blessing

and give strength to carry on our work

To bring aid and common purpose

Throughout our Association

We ask this in the name of

Jesus Christ

Whose courage never fails

Amen

Prayer for Fallen Soldiers

Dear Lord Jesus and Mary, Mother of God,
Hold all these brave souls in the palm of your hand, comfort them and their families.

Send angels of protection, love, and comfort to all the service men and women still at war,
bring them home safely and comfort their families.

We ask all our prayers in Jesus’ name. Amen.


Eternal rest grant until them, O Lord and let your perpetual light shine upon them and all the holy souls of the faithfully departed. Amen

I will be reflecting more on this day in regards to family members, who were living under the Nazi Regime in Slovakia at another time. This day should be set aside for those fallen, who gave their lives, to bring to an end such misery for so many.

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