In light of the tragedy continuing in the Ukraine, we offer today a special blog post, a firsthand account of the fighting in Ukraine. This post is written by Fr. Viaczeslav Grynevich, a Pallottine father in Ukraine. We continue to offer our prayers to all those affected by these events.
"With the bitter price She fulfills Fatima’s promises on our land"
The first witness of the Maidan (Kiev):
Editor’s Note: The Maidan is the name for Independence Square, the main square in Kiev, Ukraine.
To be honest, I have absolutely no desire to write, but I want to do this, because I know that you're worried about us. I just returned from Kiev, the Maidan. The whole evening and night they brought the dead bodies there, we prayed, and I only now go out with a sense of shock.
I talked to one man who told me that "one night there was about ten attacks, although certainly more. There was not a quarter of an hour without any explosions. Suddenly I got sight of one dead and dozens injured. At one point it seemed it was the end, because people began to flee. There were gathered, however, maybe twenty men, and they began to fight with the militia. Those who fled returned and also began to fight and the militia began to withdraw." I don’t know how they could endure it all! I do not understand! After all, one can not withstand more than fifteen or twenty grenade explosions. One must bear off, remove up to wait until they cease to sicken the stomach, the headache is gone, hearing will return. And they stood…I can not call it differently, only as a miracle.
I attribute this miracle to Our Lady of Fatima, whose statue was on the stage in the Maidan since February 17. This figure comes from our Pallottine Sanctuary in Dowbysz and from the moment when it was brought, the militia began severe attacks there. Noise! Shots snipers! It was as if the devil is furious and scared. But the miracles of Mother's care were not lacking: the wind blew in the direction of the militia, pushing the poisonous smoke of burnt tires towards them. Almost all of the most radical people had on their necks or in their hands a rosary. It was the sign by which they were recognized from provocateurs (" tituszek") in the crowd. If “tituszki” wore on her hands white or blue ribbon to distinguish themselves, then those fighting for freedom had the rosary to distinguish them. Someone told me he had been saved during the "berkut’s" attack just because colleagues in the smoke they saw a white rosary and exclaimed, stretching out their hand: "He is one of us! ". Fr. Nicholas told another example of a man who went on a "berkut" shooting with acute ammunition, with a rosary and a candle in his hand. He went as the first, followed by the others. I can not imagine what the members of “berkut” felt holding in their hands Kalashnikovs and seeing a man walking on them with a rosary in his hand. The priest told me that he saw this man praying. When he finished they were talking about the attacks, the sins of Ukraine, the millions of abortions, that now they repent for them.
It is very difficult to realize what really happened. But the combination of the sense of triumph with wild pain over killed ones, gathered in one place on the Maidan, does not allow to return to the past life. It's hard to write, but thank you for all.
PS. This is only the first victory, but it occurred on Saturday (March 1). I am convinced that all the bullets fired adorn the crown of Our Lady, which with such bitter price fulfills its Fatima’s promises on our land.
Fr. Viaczeslav Grynevich SAC