There are neither barriers nor borders for the Saints…

Numerous examples testify that the Saints who are enjoying the glory of heaven are always very active on the earth. Here is one concerning Sister Martha Wiecka, Daughter of Charity, beatified on May 24, 2008 in Lviv, Ukraine:

Because of his advanced age and his neurological illness, my father was in very serious condition with pneumonia and was admitted to the hospital. The doctor who treated him told me, “Do you realize that your father might not come through this?” The x-rays confirmed inflammation in both lungs. They could only see the top part of the lungs. All the family and his close friends came to visit my father. He received the Anointing of the Sick because he was in critical condition.

Two days after his admission to the hospital, in our church where the Vincentians are responsible, there was a homily about Sister Marta Wiecka. I saw in that the hand of Providence and I had no doubt that it had not been by chance. After Mass I took a card with the novena prayers, I went to the hospital and, given the bad state of his health, I began an accelerated version of the novena. I recited it for two days asking more the grace of a happy death because I couldn’t dare to ask anything else. After having finished the novena, to the astonishment of all the doctors, his health improved greatly and two weeks later my father returned to his home. I have never had a doubt that this grace was obtained through the intercession of Blessed Marta Wiecka.

There are numerous similar examples and they come from different countries. That means that, for saints, there are no barriers or boundaries. And because in the Ukraine, where the tomb of Blessed Sister Marta Wiecka is found, saints’ relics are venerated, the Vincentians took the initiative of a pilgrimage of the relics of Sister Marta in each diocese of the Ukraine. The relics will be well received by the Greek Catholics and the orthodox who express a desire. It is a good idea in the context of the New Evangelization. Welcoming these relics will be accompanied by popular missions run not only by the Priests of the Mission and the Daughters of Charity but also by other members of the Vincentian Family, which is already strongly rooted in Ukraine.

Blessed Sister Marta be with us, teach us mutual, ecumenical openness Obtain for each parish the grace of a strong faith, a firm hope, and a true love, which is expressed through charitable acts.

Sr Anna Brzęk DC
Visitatrice of the Province of Krakow