Litany of Polish Saints: Andrew Bobola S.J.

This reportage shows the return of the relicts of saint Andrew Bobola from Rome, after canonisation by Pius XI in 1932.  You may see how crowds welcome the glorious martyr of Polish land in different cities e.g. Zebrzydowice, Oświęcim, Kraków and Warszawa.

Saint Andrew Bobola is one of the greatest martyrs of our Holy Faith. 

Pope Pius XII wrote an encyclical letter on Andrew Bobola's martyrdom, that you might be interested to read INVICTI ATHLETAE.

One description of saint Bobola's death written in 1865 states (Daurignac, J. M. S. (1865). History of the Society of Jesus From Its Foundations to the Present Time (Volume II). John P. Walsh. pp. 12–13.)
In the same year, the Cossacks surprised a holy Polish Jesuit, in the town of Pinsk, and conferred on him the palm of martyrdom, on the 16th of May, 1657. Father Andrew Bobola, whose untiring zeal had rendered him obnoxious to the schismatics, had just offered up the holy sacrifice, when a horde of Cossacks attacked the town. On beholding the barbarians, Father Bobola fell upon his knees, raised his eyes and his hands toward heaven, and, having a presentiment that his hour had arrived, exclaimed, "Lord, thy will be done!" At that moment, the Cossacks rushed upon him, stripped him of his holy habit, tied him to a tree, placed a crown upon his head, as did the Jews upon the head of our adorable Saviour, after which they scourged him, tore out one of his eyes, burned his body with torches, and one of the ruffians traced, with his poignard, the form of a tonsure on the head of the venerable Father, and on his back the figure of a chasuble! To do this, the executioner had to strip off the skin of the holy martyr! But this was not yet all. The fingers of the apostle had received the priestly unction. The executioner tore from them the skin, and forced needles under his nails! And during this indescribable torture, the hero prayed for his tormentors; he preached, both by word and example, until the schismatics tore out his tongue and crushed his head. Father Andrew Bobola, whom the Church declared Blessed, the 30th of October, 1853, was sixty-five years of age.

1 comment:

Matthew Kluk said...

Blessed be God in His angels and in His saints!