Commemoration of the 1050th anniversary of the baptism of Poland


This Jubilee Year of Mercy occurs during the 1050th anniversary of the baptism of Poland, which is an opportunity to see how much of this great historical heritage has survived to our times. This applies to the entire Polish people, but also to you and me personally. From the moment of Baptism, each of us becomes a priest, a prophet, and a king. What does that mean in our lives?

• A priest makes offerings. Our offering is our life. All our deeds and prayers, our daily life according to our state in life, our work and leisure, difficulties and sufferings — if patiently endured — become our spiritual offerings.
Saint Joan offered herself entirely to God, filling each day with good deeds and prayers.
• A prophet gives witness to God, saying what God expects from people. The gift of prophecy — the gift of discerning God’s will toward man — concerns all of us. It is a gift that obligates.
Saint Joan gave witness to the merciful God with her entire life and attitude.
• A king has power. And we have it, too. Firstly, we have the power of self-control. Can you be a king after the model of Christ? He who had all power in Heaven and on earth came, not to be served, but to serve. We were entrusted with power, and with it comes the duty of caring and serving.
Although St. Joan was the Duchess of Berry, she knew how to serve God and His people humbly and selflessly for the love of Christ.