Tuesday, June 1, 2010

Nine Days that Changed the World

31 years ago today, the people of Poland were giddy with excitement, anticipating the historic homecoming of Poland's son, Karol Wojtyla...Pope John Paul II.   As John Paul II set foot on his native soil on June 2, 1979 at Okecie military airport, he fell on his knees and kissed the ground.  
The Pope's visit was seen as inspirational to millions in Poland who felt they were no longer alone.  It is widely accepted that this homecoming is what began the fall of Communism in Poland (and beyond).

Ironically, those nine days that changed the world 31 years ago,  have also changed the world of our family too.   Earlier this year, Jim and I were invited to the movie premiere with Newt Gingrich for "Nine Days that Changed the World" in Washington DC.  We attended with our Polish priest and felt inspired and moved by the film.  The next morning, we heard about the plane crash that tragically killed the Polish President and many influential officials (some of whom were featured in the movie).    It was based on a series of events, starting with the movie, that prompted us to choose Poland and start the journey to find our child (or children).     I think this is a fantastic film, especially anyone seeking to learn more about Polish heritage and history.    You can order a copy of the movie here.  On a side, note you can hear my interview with Newt and Callista Gingrich under the "Media" section, just scroll down to "Newt and Callista join Brooke Taylor".
Here is the trailer.

Also, in another notable historic anniversary, a few days ago, May 28,  was the date St. Maximillian Kolbe arrived in Auschwitz.  If you are not familiar with his heroic story, it is worth checking out!  Click here for more info.


  1. Thank you for sharing these great resources. I am so eager to check out the movie and then share it with my parents. Your devotion is inspirational!

  2. Jim and I want to have our son baptized in the same church that we each took our 1st Communion. We recently found out that 2 churches merged and it is now called St Maximillian Kolbe. I didn't know who that was, and now I do. I'm so glad you posted that story so that I know this before we head to Auschwitz!

  3. Wow thank you for sharing. I tried the link to the movie and it didn't work...l=could you let me know if I am doing something wrong. I would like to check it out.