Violence Is NOT The Solution
Mandeville, LA – Exclusive Transcript – “Mr. Rieth, writing at The Imaginative Conservative, writes, “Overcoming Evil With Goodness.” Many would say that there is an evil in Ferguson, Missouri today. So is there a way to overcome it with goodness? Well, according to Blessed Martyr Father Jerzy Popieluszko, there is.” Check out today’s transcript for the rest….
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Mike: Mr. Rieth, writing at The Imaginative Conservative, writes, “Overcoming Evil With Goodness.” Many would say that there is an evil in Ferguson, Missouri today. So is there a way to overcome it with goodness? Well, according to Blessed Martyr Father Jerzy Popieluszko, there is.
… on December 26th, 1982. Father Jerzy loved his enemy. During martial law, in 1981, he told Poles to take hot drinks and food to the soldiers who stood ready to shoot them.
Mike: Remember I was talking about the saints earlier here and how they responded to exercises of state authority almost flawlessly and almost to a man or woman without exception, even if it meant their own demise, their own death? They’d do it anyways. Father Jerzy Popieluszko sounds like one of them.
During martial law, in 1981, he told Poles to take hot drinks and food to the soldiers who stood ready to shoot them. The tens of thousands who came together to celebrate the Eucharist with him did not carry weapons, they did not shout partisan political slogans full of hate for one group and blind worship of another group. They never once took up arms against their oppressors. They listened to Father Jerzy’s famous ‘Homilies for the Fatherland’ in which they were told that the only proper action a man could take in the face of physical and spiritual oppression was prayer and constant acts of love—especially towards their enemies.
Mike: Now, this is not going to sell very well with your average assault weapon-advocating conservative out there, which, again, starts to show and indicate to us that the path that we’re told to occupy and to follow as “conservatives” doesn’t sound, in the end and final analysis, very conservative, not when what you’re trying to conserve is a good, social, moral order. Of course, we’re well beyond that point these days, but Father Jerzy didn’t think anyone was beyond that point even when they were Commies.
No matter how many bullets were fired at them, no matter how many police batons loomed over their heads, sometimes striking their bodies, no matter how empty their stomachs due to food shortages, the tens of thousands of people who came to receive the Body of Christ from Father Jerzy’s hands, the nine million members of the Solidarity Union for whom Father Jerzy was a moral patron and the tens of millions of Poles who heard his words and learned of his works never once engaged in armed revolution, insurrection or any form of mass coordinated popular violence.
Their enemy, the Communist Polish State and the nuclear armed Soviet Union that stood behind it, charged three officers of the Ministry of the Interior to murder Father Jerzy; they beat him, tied him, put him into the trunk of a car, tied his arms, neck and legs together, tied a heavy rock to him and threw him into a river, after torturing him and apparently bludgeoning his skull. The men who committed this murder are free today. One of them had and may still have a lucrative career writing anti-Catholic news articles for the mainstream Polish press. The other two convicted murderers changed their names and live free. All three of them served only a few years of time in jail. Their friends are well known democratic politicians. They are free primarily because the III Republic of Poland is a nation state built on a compromise between Father Jerzy’s murderers and Father Jerzy’s followers.
For the murderers of Father Jerzy were not merely the three men who physically beat, tortured and threw Farther Jerzy’s body into the water; the murderers are members of parliament, ministers of government and former Presidents who all played a role in organizing the killing.
Mike: In other words, the State killed him. See: Obama issuing orders to execute American citizens in foreign lands. See: Same order being used potentially to execute or rob American citizens of their civil liberties and civil rights, which is a real concern. Listen to this. This is just another indication — here’s the train tracks, here we are. Folks, maybe the caboose, at the end of the train, maybe the caboose has two wheels or so that are still on the tracks.
These people now are under the protection of NATO and the EU, who have taken up the role once played by the KGB and GRU. Father Jerzy’s murderers are now heroes of Democracy. Father Jerzy is not a hero of Democracy; he remains a witness to Truth. This truth is a simple one: after Churchill, Hitler, Stalin, Roosevelt and their progeny attempted to reconfigure the world every which way, yet failed to bring humanity one step closer to justice, after mankind found itself stuck at the brink of nuclear war between two hegemonic super powers, God heard the prayers of his people and sent them Father Jerzy Popieluszko who, for the few years before he was murdered, taught us the secret to securing liberty and winning the peace of the world.
As you read the teachings of Father Jerzy, dear reader, do not let your mind be fooled into thinking them the ravings of a dreamer, nor the naive prattling of a simpler age.
Mike: That’s what’s going to happen. If I share this, [mocking] “You and your pacifists surrender at all costs. Buddies, you’re gonna get us all killed.” Maybe. It won’t be me or Father Jerzy’s writings or anyone else. It will be Him operating and pulling the strings and pushing the levers and buttons of men that have lost the will and the capacity and the devotion to the real Him above.
The Soviet Union collapsed, the Berlin wall fell, human liberty was restored where all the guns of the world wars failed to plant it—by one man: Father Jerzy Popieluszko. You may not hear much about him or his teachings now, when the Pharisees of our time speak of their plans to democratize the world and end tyranny and build nations and color revolutions any hue but blood red. Likewise, just as no one remembers the great armies that fought and bled in the time of Christ, so too, a thousand years from now, Churchill will be forgotten, Stalin and Hitler will be forgotten, the graves at Normandy will be forgotten, because as Father Jerzy taught—the battles of armies are meaningless. Only the battle of ideas has meaning, only it changes the world for the better. To read Father Jerzy’s teachings is to read simple truths which, like all truths, change human life for the better.
On February 2, 1982 [Mike: My birthday, by the way. A great day, Groundhog’s Day here in the United States.]
“The calling to freedom is intricately rooted in the nature of each individual person and within a mature national consciousness. This is why the calling to freedom is connected to law and duty. It is connected to law insofar as every limit of freedom necessarily leads to the suffering of every person and every nation. Limiting Man’s inalienable right to freedom leads to rebellion, even to war. The calling to freedom is therefore connected with the duty to understand that freedom—not license—is the challenge standing before each person and it requires reflection, prudence, the ability to choose, to make decisions.”
On 25 April, 1982, Father Jerzy, assigned to care for steel workers, read a poem by one of them:
We the workers, we the simple folks,
to Your temple carry our standard—
Bless Solidarity oh, God
Fill our hearts with passion.
Oh, Lord our God, have mercy on our nation
Oh, Lord our God, bless your pious people,
give us peace!
On 30 May 1982, Father Jerzy showed people the best way to achieve their hopes for justice and peace.
Mike: Was it by painting signs and showing up at a rally on the mall that certain famous former governors are speaking at? No. Is it wielding the same signs at other protest rallies? No. Is it going to vote? No. Mike, get to it. What is it? Here’s what Father Jerzy told his flock:
Mother of those who put their hope in Solidarity, pray for us
Mother of those who have been cheated, pray for us
Mother of those who have been betrayed, pray for us
[Mike: There are about 30 “pray for us” in here.]
Mother, who are the hope of millions, we pray to you:
Let all Men live in freedom and truth, in faith in You and Your Son.
On 26 September, 1982, Father Jerzy taught:
“Why did the salvation of humankind have to take place upon such a cruel instrument, why did have to come through death on the cross, something conceived by the Phoenicians for people who were hated the most, for people with no rights, for slaves? Perhaps, if Christ died by stoning, He would have merely died as one of the Jews, perhaps if He had been beheaded, He would have died like a Roman? However, dying like a slave, on the cross, He became a brother to each human, because the death of a slave was the death of humans from all of the various nations. A slave could have been Jewish, Greek or German. A slave could have been illiterate or, at times, an educated man.”
Father Jerzy’s teaching should not be a surprise for Christians. What should be pointed out, however, is that
Father Jerzy brought down the Soviet Union and brought peace and freedom to the world. The Blessed Father Jerzy Popieluszko undoubtedly now sits at the side of God and prays eternally for none other than the souls of the three men who murdered him and who, today, as you read this, are free, having spent a few years in prison…
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For if we look at the wise men who whispered war, revolution, regime change, democracy, free markets, nation building and the end of tyranny in our world over the past 25 years, we find that none of them, in their wisdom, whispered the love of the enemy, nor prayer, nor law and order, nor humble suffering and patient faith in providence. And if we read the wise literature about the end of the Cold War, we learn about economic factors, politics, arms races, statesmanship, but we do not learn of Father Jerzy Popieluszko, nor of the pre-eminence of loving thy enemy, of prayer, of the Virgin Mary. And if we do hear of such things, we do not practice them.
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