Tuesday 29th November 2022

Home » saints » Currently Reading:

Catholic Heroes… Servant of God Rozalia Celak

September 20, 2018 saints No Comments

By CAROLE BRESLIN

The closer one comes to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, the hotter the flame, as many saints have attested. St. Catherine of Siena bore the marks in her heart where the arrow of Christ’s love pierced it. With the flame of the burning love, the Sacred Heart touches those whom He loves in a special way.
To show our love for God, we must be willing to embrace the cross and suffering as He did when He died for us. Servant of God Rozalia Celak suffered both physically and spiritually as she sought to do all for the love of the Sacred Heart of Jesus.
The history of Poland is scarred by the many kingdoms and imperialists who confiscated lands, moved borders, and displaced people to further their nationalism. Despite the many trials the Poles have suffered, their faith in God has endured, providing the world with a number of great and holy persons — especially during the last century.
On September 19, 1901 Rozalia Celak was born, destined to live during difficult times, as did Pope St. John Paul II and Sr. Faustina. Her parents, Tomasz and Joanna, raised a devout Catholic family of eight children of whom Rozalia was the eldest.
They provided them with a solid foundation of Catholic teachings and devotions. From a very young age Rozalia felt called to follow the Blessed Virgin Mary on a very spiritual journey leading to God’s Kingdom. Hence, before she even received Jesus in her First Holy Communion, she already had a great love of Him — to Jesus through Mary.
Not surprisingly, that event was the occasion of her first mystical experience which she fondly recalled. In her heart, she heard a lovely voice say to her, “My child, love me since my Heart loved you first [1 John 4:19], love me for the whole world. I shall extend the space of your heart and fill it with love so that you could reciprocate my love.”
Increasing from that moment, her love for the Blessed Virgin Mary and for the Eucharistic Presence of Jesus became her entire life.
In 1917 her first trials — a sure sign of divine intimacy — began. These took the form of both spiritual and physical trials. Her body was first afflicted as she contracted a serious illness which the doctors could not diagnose and cure. Unable to get out of bed for many months, she had nowhere and no one to whom she could turn for help — except One.
Once again through Mary, Rozalia prayed to Jesus by reciting the Novena to the Suffering of the Virgin Mary. On the ninth day of the novena when she completed her prayers she recovered just as inexplicably and quickly as she had fallen ill. Such an astonishing recovery left everyone stunned.
She counted her sufferings as a blessing because through them she learned that suffering leads to holiness, a holiness founded on love. This lesson better prepared her for the much more difficult spiritual suffering on the horizon.
Three years later her “Dark Night” began — this lasted six years. Like many saints before her, she said that this spiritual suffering was much worse than the physical suffering, “When my soul experienced constant torment, I gradually lost our Lord from my sight. I was emerged in darkness so deep that the human mind becomes totally helpless.”
In 1925 the last year of her torment, she suffered the most. She had a vision of Hell and believed that she was there. She perspired profusely, her eyes became severely bloodshot, and she felt as though she were burning in flames as she heard voices taunting her, “Today everything shall come to an end for you.” Then she fainted into unconsciousness. When she finally awoke, it was as though she had been transported to Heaven. Having survived the six years of testing, she attained peace, feeling the constant presence of God for the rest of her life.
In August 1924, Rozalia began working at St. Lazarus Hospital in the dermatology and venereal disease ward where she believed the Lord wanted her. In another cause for suffering, she witnessed how evil people could be as they cursed, blasphemed, and hated others. This she thought was truly Hell on Earth.
Thus, in 1928, she left and attempted to join the Order of St. Clare in Krakow, but she heard a voice tell her it was not the place for her. Rozalia tried to stay, but once again, her health failed, forcing her to leave. She returned to the hospital after she saw a vision in which she saw our Lord being scourged by the patients in the ward.
With the assistance of Mary, Rozalia learned to love Jesus more and more each day, asking Mary after every Holy Communion to help her love Jesus more and more. Her time in the Real Presence of the Holy Eucharist transformed her love for Jesus. “In all circumstances throughout my life, all matters are resolved before Our Lord in the Holy Sacrament.”
Her quest to be with Jesus was facilitated by the nearby Basilica of the Heart of Jesus. Each day before work, she attended Mass and then she spent hours after work in prayer and adoration. Her mystical experiences continued as she quickly advanced in holiness. God revealed to her His merciful love and — as promised at her First Holy Communion — her heart began to swell with love of Him.
She burned with an unquenchable desire to love God more and more. He showed her how people can beautifully express their love for Him to save the world from its cruelty, selfishness, and immorality.
Rozalia continued to surrender herself completely to God so He could use her as He wished. He requested that He be recognized as King of Poland in 1930 and that people should embrace suffering.
She felt unequal to the task and turned to her spiritual director, Fr. Kazimierz Dobrzycki. In September 1937 she received another vision that she related to Fr. Dobrzycki. She told him if Poland did not dedicate the country to Jesus as King that there would be much suffering — and so it came in World War II. Only countries where Christ reigned would survive.
For the next seven years that vision and similar ones continued. One of the most disturbing visions showed our Lord holding the Earth in His hands and when the world failed to enthrone the Sacred Heart of Jesus, it cracked into pieces.
In 1944, as Rozalia’s heart longed to fulfill our Lord’s request, she began to fail. The hard hospital labor, disease, and sorrow weakened her. She received Holy Communion, burst into tears, and died after making the Sign of the Cross. It was 2 a.m. on September 13, 1944.
Dear Rozalia, what love you had for Christ through the intercession of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Please help our besieged Church which is suffering so much. Just as you hungered for God’s children to embrace suffering in reparation for the sins, help us by your prayers to embrace fasting, prayer, and penance in order to bring peace, unity, and purity to Holy Mother Church. Amen.

+ + +

(Carole Breslin home-schooled her four daughters and served as treasurer of the Michigan Catholic Home Educators for eight years. For over ten years, she was national coordinator for the Marian Catechists, founded by Fr. John A. Hardon, SJ.)

Share Button

2019 The Wanderer Printing Co.

Twitter Feed

Seems Biden is warning us of another Democratic sweep tonight? Hmmm!

Load More...

Vatican and USCCB leave transgender policy texts unpublished

While U.S. bishops have made headlines for releasing policies addressing gender identity and pastoral ministry, guidelines on the subject have been drafted but not published by both the U.S. bishops’ conference and the Vatican’s doctrinal office, leaving diocesan bishops to…Continue Reading

Biden says Pope Francis told him to continue receiving communion, amid scrutiny over pro-abortion policies

President Biden said that Pope Francis, during their meeting Friday in Vatican City, told him that he should continue to receive communion, amid heightened scrutiny of the Catholic president’s pro-abortion policies.  The president, following the approximately 90-minute-long meeting, a key…Continue Reading

Federal judge rules in favor of Gov. DeSantis’ mask mandate ban

MIAMI (LifeSiteNews) – A federal judge this week handed Florida Republican Gov. Ron DeSantis another legal victory on his mask mandate ban for schools. On Wednesday, Judge K. Michael Moore of the Southern District of Florida denied a petition from…Continue Reading

The Eucharist should not be received unworthily, says Nigerian cardinal

Priests have a duty to remind Catholics not to receive the Eucharist in a state of serious sin and to make confession easily available, a Nigerian cardinal said at the International Eucharistic Congress on Thursday. “It is still the doctrine…Continue Reading

Donald Trump takes a swipe at Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him

Donald Trump complained about Catholics and Jews who did not vote for him in 2020. The former president made the comments in a conference call featuring religious leaders. The move could be seen to shore up his religious conservative base…Continue Reading

Y Gov. Kathy Hochul Admits Andrew Cuomo Covered Up COVID Deaths, 12,000 More Died Than Reported

When it comes to protecting people from COVID, Andrew Cuomo is already the worst governor in America. New York has the second highest death rate per capita, in part because he signed an executive order putting COVID patients in nursing…Continue Reading

Prayers For Cardinal Burke . . . U.S. Cardinal Burke says he has tested positive for COVID-19

VATICAN CITY (CNS) — U.S. Cardinal Raymond L. Burke said he has tested positive for the virus that causes COVID-19. In an Aug. 10 tweet, he wrote: “Praised be Jesus Christ! I wish to inform you that I have recently…Continue Reading

Democrats Block Amendment Banning Late-Term Abortions, Stopping Abortions Up to Birth

Senate Democrats have blocked an amendment that would ban abortions on babies older than 20 weeks. During consideration of the multi-trillion spending package, pro-life Louisiana Senator John Kennedy filed an amendment to ban late-term abortions, but Democrats steadfastly support killing…Continue Reading

Transgender student wins as U.S. Supreme Court rebuffs bathroom appeal

WASHINGTON (Reuters) -The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday handed a victory to a transgender former public high school student who waged a six-year legal battle against a Virginia county school board that had barred him from using the bathroom corresponding…Continue Reading

New York priest accused by security guard of assault confirms charges have now been dropped

NEW YORK, June 17, 2021 (LifeSiteNews) — A New York priest has made his first public statement regarding the dismissal of charges against him.  Today Father George W. Rutler reached out to LifeSiteNews and other media today with the following…Continue Reading

21,000 sign petition protesting US Catholic bishops vote on Biden, abortion

More than 21,000 people have signed a letter calling for U.S. Catholic bishops to cancel a planned vote on whether President Biden should receive communion.  Biden, a Catholic, supports abortion rights and has long come under attack from some Catholics over that…Continue Reading

Bishop Gorman seeks candidates to fill two full time AP level teaching positions for the 2021-2022 school year in the subject areas of Calculus/Statistics and Physics

Bishop Thomas K. Gorman Regional Catholic School is a college preparatory school located in Tyler, Texas. It is an educational ministry of the Catholic Diocese of Tyler led by Bishop Joseph Strickland. The sixth through twelfth grade school provides a…Continue Reading

Untitled 5 Untitled 2

Attention Readers:

  Welcome to our website. Readers who are familiar with The Wanderer know we have been providing Catholic news and orthodox commentary for 150 years in our weekly print edition.


  Our daily version offers only some of what we publish weekly in print. To take advantage of everything The Wanderer publishes, we encourage you to su
bscribe to our flagship weekly print edition, which is mailed every Friday or, if you want to view it in its entirety online, you can subscribe to the E-edition, which is a replica of the print edition.
 
  Our daily edition includes: a selection of material from recent issues of our print edition, news stories updated daily from renowned news sources, access to archives from The Wanderer from the past 10 years, available at a minimum charge (this will be expanded as time goes on). Also: regularly updated features where we go back in time and highlight various columns and news items covered in The Wanderer over the past 150 years. And: a comments section in which your remarks are encouraged, both good and bad, including suggestions.
 
  We encourage you to become a daily visitor to our site. If you appreciate our site, tell your friends. As Catholics we must band together to rediscover our faith and share it with the world if we are to effectively counter a society whose moral culture seems to have no boundaries and a government whose rapidly extending reach threatens to extinguish the rights of people of faith to practice their religion (witness the HHS mandate). Now more than ever, vehicles like The Wanderer are needed for clarification and guidance on the issues of the day.

Catholic, conservative, orthodox, and loyal to the Magisterium have been this journal’s hallmarks for five generations. God willing, our message will continue well into this century and beyond.

Joseph Matt
President, The Wanderer Printing Co.

Untitled 1

Catechism

Today . . .

Cardinal Zen found guilty in Hong Kong trial

CWN Editor’s Note: Cardinal Joseph Zen, the retired Bishop of Hong Kong, was found guilty on November 25 on charges of failing to register a charitable fund that provided legal help for defendants accused of violating China’s draconian new “security” law. The cardinal and five co-defendants will be required to pay a fine equivalent to $500. After his conviction, Cardinal Zen said that the case should not be seen as a violation of religious freedom.…Continue Reading

Kansas Judge Blocks State Law Banning Doctors From Providing Abortion Pills to Patients Online

A Kansas judge has blocked a state law that banned doctors from providing abortion pills through telemedicine. Shawnee County District Court Judge Teresa Watson granted an abortionists request for a temporary injunction

Archbishop Broglio elected USCCB president

BALTIMORE (LifeSiteNews) — Archbishop Timothy Broglio of the Archdiocese for the Military Services, USA, was elected Tuesday to serve as the next president of the U.S. Conference of Catholic Bishops (USCCB). The U.S. bishops elected Archbishop Broglio, the current secretary of the USCCB, to a three-year term as president by a vote of 138-99.

Michigan Legalizes Abortions Up to Birth After Leftist Billionaires Spend Millions Buying Votes

Michigan will become the next state to legalzie abortions up to birth after voters approved the dangerous and radical Proposition 3 to would elimiate every single pro-life law in the state, including parental consent. The 55-45 result in favor of the pro-abortion amendment was not surprising given the millions of dollars leftist billionaires pooured into the state to buy votes with false and misleading television commercials that lied about the effects of the measure. Rich,…Continue Reading

Cardinal Burke and Bishop Schneider Restate Concerns About Restrictions on Traditional Liturgy

VATICAN CITY — Cardinal Raymond Burke has questioned the basis of papal-led efforts to restrict and eventually eliminate the traditional Latin Mass, while Bishop Athanasius Schneider has said the “millennium-old treasure” cannot be destroyed, as it is the work of the Holy Spirit. The cardinal and bishop kindly shared their comments as part of a talk I gave the Latin Mass Society in London on Oct. 21. As concerns deepen over this pontificate’s

Divine Mercy Shrine In Wisconsin Defaced With Graffiti

By JONAH McKEOWN ST. LOUIS, Mo. (CNA) — A Catholic parish in southern Wisconsin suffered a graffiti attack overnight on Sunday, November 20, that saw a large tiled display of the Divine Mercy image defaced with green spray-painted letters.Run by the Stockbridge, Mass.-based Marian Fathers, St. Peter Parish is located in Kenosha, on Lake Michigan…Continue Reading

A Book Review . . . Theism Reconsidered

By GARY BULLERT Paul Herrick’s latest book, Philosophy, Reasoned Belief, and Faith (University of Notre Dame Press, 2022, 459 pages, $45.00), constitutes the capstone of a forty-year career as an instructor, professional philosopher, and author. It augments more synoptically his earlier book, Think with Socrates: An Introduction to Critical Thinking. Like Socrates, philosophy is a…Continue Reading

The Blessing And Its Counterfeits

By DONALD DeMARCO The blessing, whether it is formal or informal, administered by clergy or laymen, performed in church or at home, is an everyday occurrence in Catholic life. It is a way in which God’s grace is invoked to benefit its intended recipient.We bless our house, our food, our religious articles, people who are…Continue Reading

Putin’s “Winter War” On Ukraine

By PATRICK J. BUCHANAN Winter has often proven an indispensable ally of Mother Russia.The impending winter of 1812-13 forced Napoleon’s withdrawal from Moscow, a retreat from which his Grande Armée never recovered.The winter of 1941-1942 sealed the ultimate fate of the invading armies of Adolf Hitler’s Third Reich.Vladimir Putin’s new strategy in the war he…Continue Reading

But The Catholic Bishops Just Rebuked Her… Nancy Pelosi Claims She’s a “Devout Catholic”

By STEVEN ERTELT WASHINGTON, D.C. (LifeNews) — During her farewell address as Speaker to fellow Democrats on November 17, Nancy Pelosi called herself a “devout Catholic.” But nothing could be further from the truth.“I stand before you as Speaker of the House, as a wife, a mother, a grandmother, a devout Catholic, a proud Democrat,…Continue Reading

Advertisement

Our Catholic Faith (Section B of print edition)

Conforming Ourselves To Christ

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER Second Sunday Of Advent (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 11:1-10Romans 15:4-9Matt. 3:1-12 In the first reading today, we hear about a shoot that will sprout from the stump of Jesse. Jesse, recall, was the father of King David. The promise made to King David was that one of his sons would sit on his throne in perpetuity.…Continue Reading

Catholic Replies

Editor’s Note: This series on the Bible is from the book Catholicism & Scripture. Please feel free to use the series for high schoolers or adults. We will continue to welcome your questions for the column as well. Contact us at the addresses provided below. Special Course On Catholicism And Scripture (Chapter 8) To get the people away from worshiping…Continue Reading

When All Seems Lost

By FR. KEVIN M. CUSICK As I look around and survey the general situation, things seem very bleak, as I’m sure they do also for many others. The world is at war, fighting and killing consuming lives, as well as livelihoods, homes, and wealth. Civilization is lost under the rubble as barbarism reigns. A war is waged in the womb…Continue Reading

The Not-So-Nice Origins And Meanings Of The Word “Nice”

By MSGR. CHARLES POPE (Editor’s Note: Msgr. Charles Pope posted this article on November 13 and it is reprinted here with permission.) + + Words can change meaning over time — sometimes dramatically. For example, “manufactured” originally meant “handmade” (manu (hand) + facere (make)). The word “decimate” used to mean “to reduce by a tenth” (decem = ten); now people…Continue Reading

A Very Blessed Place To Be

By FR. ROBERT ALTIER First Sunday of Advent (YR A) Readings: Isaiah 2:1-5Romans 13:11-14Matt. 24:37-44 As we begin a new Church year today, we find ourselves balanced on the summit of a mountain. From our perch on this height, we look one direction and we see what is behind us, we look the other direction and we see what is…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Padre Pio And The Poor Souls

By DEB PIROCH Part 2 “Oh, my Jesus, forgive us our sins, save us from the fires of Hell, lead all souls to Heaven, especially those who are in the most need of Thy mercy” — Fatima prayer. + + This week we continue to discuss the special closeness St. Pio had with the suffering souls in Purgatory. Yes, he…Continue Reading

Catholic Heroes . . . St. Francis De Sales, Author And Apologist

By DEB PIROCH Anger is not a sin. It is how one employs anger that can lead to sin, but Christ Himself was justifiably angered when His house of prayer was transformed into a “den of thieves.” What did Christ mean?A church is for praying, for celebrating the Sacrifice of the Mass, for the distribution of the sacraments. It is…Continue Reading

Advertisement(2)