Mary is now in heaven, body and soul. And just as Christ the King governs his Church from there, so too Mary his Queen Mother intercedes for sinners there and sends us help and encouragement.
This is reason behind the many apparitions of the Blessed Virgin Mary throughout history.
And it is also the reason why the Church encourages all of us, old and young, men and women, boys and girls, to have a strong devotion to Mary.
Sometimes we say a lot of prayers, sometimes we kneel in front of pretty pictures and say ten Hail Marys and then go back to work and start gossiping, lying, nagging, cheating, or otherwise making other people’s lives miserable. That is not true devotion to Mary.
The beautiful paintings and the simple, profound Marian prayers are meant to stir up in our hearts a strong desire to IMITATE Mary’s Son, to follow in Christ’s footsteps, just as she did.
True devotion to Mary means doing that: self-forgetfully giving our lives for the good of those around us, just like our Mother.
Today as we renew our faith in Christ’s power by contemplating the great miracle of the Assumption, let’s ask our heavenly Mother to obtain for us that all-important grace of gradually changing our selfish hearts into self-giving, Christian ones.


Jak wiemy, w Bejrucie, stolicy Libanu, kilkadni temu doszło do ogromnego wybuchu w porcie.
Pracujący w Libanie, Ojciec kapucyn Paweł Bielecki, doskonale znany wielu z nas, pisze w mailu:
“Źle jest, ale musimy dać radę….  Straciliśmy wszystko, zostaly mury.
Drobne obrażenia mamy, ale całe miasto ruina…, ludzie stracili wszystko. Z przychodni zostały tylko mury. 2 pielęgniarzy nie żyje.
Smród jest straszny od tych chemikaliów.
Dziś rano wciąż znajduja zmarłych w budynkach.
Przeżyłem 2 wojny w Libanie,  tak jeszcze nie bylo…”
Jako kapłan i lekarz, Ojcec Paweł zawsze pomagał wszystkim ludziom potrzebujacym pomocy. Jego klinika znajduje się w całkowicie zniszczonej dzielnicy chrześcijańskiej, która jest w sąsiedztwie portu. Pomóżmy jego dziełu i ludziom Bejrutu finansowo. Datki można wpłacać ma konto:
Fr. Paul Bielecki -Lebanese Mission Help
(adres na żądanie banku przy transferze:  213 Stanton St,
NY, NY 11002)
NUMER KONTA: 9997981170
routing numer:  021000089


There was a huge explosion in Beirut, the capital of Lebanon.
The Capuchin Father Paweł Bielecki, who is well known to many of us and works for many years in Lebanon, wrote in his email:
“It is bad, but we have to live on ….
We have lost everything, only the walls are left.
We all have minor injuries, but the whole town is in ruins …, people lost everything. Only the walls are left of the clinic. 2 nurses are dead.
The stench is terrible from these chemicals.
They still find the dead in buildings this morning.
I survived 2 wars in Lebanon, it was not like that yet.”
As a priest and doctor, Father Paul always helped all people in need. His clinic is located in a completely dilapidated Christian neighborhood that is adjacent to the port. Let’s help his work and the people of Beirut financially. Donations can be made on the account:
Fr. Paul Bielecki -Lebanese Mission Help
(address of the account, if needed: 213 Stanton St, NY, NY 11002)
Account Number: 9997981170
Bank Routing Number:  021000089