The Divine Mercy and Nine Days That Changed the World

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by Doug Lawrence

Our parish Divine Mercy Sunday Committee decided to do things a bit differently this year. Rather than simply showing one of the several good, traditional Divine Mercy videos early on Sunday afternoon, they decided instead to have two Saturday showings of “Divine Mercy, No Escape”
the story of Saint Faustina Kowalsa, with the late Helen Hayes doing the narration, plus a 1:15 pm Sunday showing of  “Nine Days That Changed the World” – Newt and Callista Gingrich’s 2010 excellent documentary about Poland, The Catholic Church, Pope John Paul II and the fall of the Soviet Union.

Other than the extremely tight interval between the end of the 95-minute video and the start of the 3:00 Divine Mercy Holy Hour, the showing was hugely successful and nothing less than inspiring.

The SnagFilms website is hosting the video on line
and you can watch it for free.

Here’s what they have to say about it:

Nine Days That Changed the World Synopsis

Pope John Paul II’s historic nine-day pilgrimage to Poland in June of 1979 created a revolution of conscience that transformed Poland and fundamentally reshaped the spiritual and political landscape of the 20th Century.

Newt and Callista Gingrich, along with a Polish, American, and Italian cast, explore what transpired during these nine days that moved the Polish people to renew their hearts, reclaim their courage, and free themselves from the shackles of Communism.

Millions of Poles, almost one third of the nation, turned out to see the Holy Father in person, while the rest of the country followed his pilgrimage on television and radio. Within sixteen months, Solidarity became the first officially recognized free trade union in the Communist bloc, with over 10 million members. The momentum of this nine-day visit would eventually lead to the fall of the Berlin Wall in November of 1989 and the dissolution of the Soviet Union in 1991.

I can tell you that the documentary actually covers a 10-12 year period, chronicling a chain of unlikely events, unparalleled in modern world history, that did indeed change the world. And it happened without the violence and bloodshed that typically accompanies these types of major, geopolitical upheavals (think: Arab Spring).

There’s a lot of great historical information, a lot of terrific newsreel footage of Pope John Paul II in Poland and elsewhere and a lot of powerful, inspiring stuff that should make every Catholic feel truly blessed … and make non-Catholics think seriously about converting … which is something that Newt Gingrich actually did!

There’s also great lessons in the video for all of today’s Catholics … in particular, our American Catholic bishops … about how to deal effectively with would-be tyrants, recalcitrant politicians and godless secularists.

President Barack Obama should watch this video … not that it would do him much good. I think he would at first, be jealous … and later, fearful.  And well he should be!

Happy Easter! Happy Divine Mercy Sunday!

Alleluia! Alleluia! Alleluia!

Supplemental reading: The Keys of This Blood – by Fr. Malachi Martin