Br Lukasz from the Bootle SDB community and the Savio Salesian College Chaplaincy team, reflects on this week's memorial of the five Polish Salesian martyrs, who were executed in 1942. The oldest was 23, and the youngest just 19.
“My dearest parents, brothers and sisters, the time has come to say goodbye to you on August 24, the day of Mary Help of Christians … May the Good Lord take me to himself. Don’t have regrets that I am leaving this world so young. I am now in a state of grace. ... I am going to heaven. There I shall pray to God … Pray sometimes for me … I’m going now.”
After writing these words in the letter to his mother, Franciszek Kesy and his other four companions: Czeslaw Jozwiak, Edward Klinik, Edward Kazimierski and Jarogniew Wojciechowski, were taken into the prison yard in Dresden and beheaded. It was the 24th of August 1942, the monthly feast of Mary Help of Christians in all Salesian communities. This Wednesday in our Family, we celebrated the commemoration of these blessed martyrs.