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Bl. Marta Wiecka, D.C.

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Brief biography of Blessed Marta Wiecka, a Daughter of Charity from Poland who lived at the turn of the 19th-20th centuries. Source: http://sunday.niedziela.pl/artykul.php?nr=200409&dz=sylwetki&id_art=00017

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Bl. Marta Wiecka, D.C.

  1. 1. Daughter of Charity THE SANCTITY OF BLESSED MARTA WIECKA
  2. 2. next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. “Sanctity does not depend on extraordinary achievements or miracles. The great things God does within a human soul are simple. Sanctity simply means love. It should be the conscious way of every Christian. In her lifetime, this way was chosen by Blessed Marta Wiecka.” - Sr. Jozefa Watroba, DC
  3. 3. Vincentian Family Blessed next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. What caused Sr. Marta to be chosen from among a thousand other sisters, for beatification?
  4. 4. next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. BRIEF LIFE She lived only 30 years, including 18 spent at home and 12 in the Congregation of the Daughters of Charity of Vincent de Paul, known as the Szarytki.
  5. 5. Sr. Marta Wiecka lived at the turn of the 19th and 20th centuries. Poland was enslaved. The region where Sr. Wiecka was born was under the Prussian partition. Marta was born to a country gentleman Marcello Wiecki, and to Paulina Kamrowska. She was baptized six days after her birth on 18 January 1874 in the church in Szczodrowo. next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. BACK- GROUND
  6. 6. Marta’s parents with grandson next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. Then there were more children. Her mother was often sick and Marta cared for her younger sisters and brothers from an early age. She did the housework. She was an energetic and clever child. She learned to be responsible for others. Marta Family house Family members
  7. 7. Her family and neighbors remembered a special event from that period. Marta found a statue of St. John Nepomucen in her relatives’ attic. She took it, cleaned and restored it and asked her parents to place it in front of the house. From that moment till the end of her life Marta had a special devotion to this Saint. next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. A SPECIAL DEVOTION
  8. 8. At the age of 16 she decided to enter a religious congregation. She went to the Daughters of Charity to the nearby Chelmo, asking them for admission. To her astonishment she heard that she was too young and had to wait two years. She used the time to make a dowry that she needed to enter the Congregation. She fulfilled her duties with even more eagerness. next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. VOCATION
  9. 9. A few months before entering the Congregation Marta learned that her friend Monika Gdaniec wanted to choose the same way of life. On her behalf she wrote a letter to the Sister Inspector in Chelmo asking her to admit Monika. Unfortunately, because of a yearly limit of aspirants imposed by the Prussian authorities, the Sister Inspector directed Monika Gdaniec to the postulancy program in the Krakow Province. In order to prevent eventual hesitance of her friend, Marta also wrote to the Sister Inspector in Krakow. The answer was positive. Both were admitted. And Marta gave up her place in Chelmo, close to her hometown, and chose distant Krakow to help her friend fulfill her special vocation. next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. ZEAL
  10. 10. Vincentian Family Blessed next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. After the formation program (postulancy) and the seminary in Warszawska Street, Marta was admitted to the Daughters of Charity in April 1893. Her first post was the hospital in Lvov. She learned nursing from the older experienced Sisters, assisting in medical operations and examinations. The hospital in Lvov was a wonderful school for her. She quickly gained the reputation of a sister who loved patients and served them with great dedication.
  11. 11. After she had stayed a year and half in Lvov Sr. Marta worked five years in the hospital in Podhajce and then she was transferred to the hospital in Bochnia. She offered patients professional care and first of all she cared for their salvation. Her sister superior Maria Chablo recollects, ‘It is difficult to describe how much effort she put to convince patients to go to confession, to receive holy sacraments. Hard hearts melted and were sincerely united with God, influenced by her words.’ next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. MODEL OF CHARITY
  12. 12. The post in Bochnia was a place of special suffering for Sr. Marta. A wicked man left hospital and he gossiped out of jealousy that Marta was expecting a baby. The gossip was widespread. Many citizens in Bochnia believed the gossip. But God gave Marta a real defender in the person of her superior Sr. Maria Chablo who actually risked her life by doing that. The slanderer attacked Sr. Maria with a knife twice. When he was dying he pleaded guilty and renounced all his slanders. next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. SLANDER
  13. 13. When Sr. Marta suffered from the false accusations, mockery and slander God gave her a special grace. She had a vision of the cross from which Jesus spoke encouraging her to bear all adversities and promised to take her to him soon. Strengthened by God’s grace she continued her regular duties with the same goodness and humility. Although she suffered a lot she could bear the false accusation silently, relying completely on God. next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. SPECIAL GRACE
  14. 14. The last post of Sr. Marta was the hospital in Sniatyn. She was a nurse there but she also found time to teach catechism to patients, preparing them to receive sacraments. She focused on praying together with them. There were many patients who came to the chapel to join her in praying the Way of the Cross. next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C.
  15. 15. Sr. Marta had an extraordinary gift to lead souls to God. In her ward nobody died without receiving the sacrament of reconciliation and it happened many a time that her Jewish patients asked for baptism. Every suffering person was equally important to her, regardless of the fact whether he was a Pole, a Ukrainian, a Jew, a Greek Catholic, an Orthodox or a Roman Catholic. next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C.
  16. 16. Sr. Marta’s life abounded with good deeds of love, and her death was an act showing her authentic love of God and neighbor. Despite being aware of the danger she volunteered to disinfect the room of a person who had typhus fever. It was the duty of another worker— a young father— and she volunteered to take his place. The next day the symptoms of typhus appeared. next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C.
  17. 17. next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. During the last week of her stay in hospital doctors did their best to help Sr. Marta. Many people, including the representatives of the Jewish community, prayed for her healing. Eyewitnesses regarded her deep prayer after she had received the viaticum as ecstasy. She died peacefully in Sniatyn on 30 May 1904.
  18. 18. Beatification Mass next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. Those who saw her on her deathbed were convinced that they bid farewell to a unique sister, which was confirmed in later years. Her grave was visited by various people regardless of their age, religion and nationality. People have not stopped visiting her grave to this day. They are convinced that ‘Matuszka’ [Little Mother] helps them in all matters they deal with. The memory of Sr. Marta survived even when Sniatyn did not belong to Poland any longer. All these things contributed to her cause for beatification which began in 1997. A solemn beatification Mass was celebrated in Lvov on 24 May 2008.
  19. 19. next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. The story of Sr. Marta encourages us to desire sanctity and to fulfill our Christian calling in a radical way. May we have the conviction that sanctity does not mean great deeds but it is the acceptance and realization of God’s will in the smallest matters.
  20. 20. Vincentian Family Blessed next >BL. MARTA WIECKA, D.C. May Bl. Marta intercede for us and obtain for us the grace of hearts burning with the desire to love God above all things.
  21. 21. SOURCE: Sr. Marta Wiecka, DC by Sr. Jozefa Watroba, DC, This article first appeared in the Sunday Catholic Weekly, issue no 21/2008 at the time of Blessed Marta's beatification. Polish Sunday Catholic Weekly Online (niedziela.pl) Images: http://martawiecka.pl, http://filles-de-la-charite.org

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