We must stand up for the Pope as best we can, and with the weapons we have.
It’s difficult to wonder why Wojtyła, the family’s close friend, involved himself so deeply in supporting the gravely ill doctor. On November 28 , he wrote to Father Pio “ Reverend Father a woman form Kraków has four daughters and before her operation on November 21 she made a remarkable recovery. My thanks to God, and you Reverend Father on behalf of her and her husband and family.Your in Christ, Karol Wojtyła, Vicar Capitoline, Kraków”.
Połtawska meanwhile was coming to terms with this gift, this miracle, and herself. Wojtyła wrote to her and her husband a beautiful letter with thoughts on the name day of Andrzej himself who most likely would not be able to make it on time (he arrived on December 7), but the addressee knew that he sender was among those who congratulated him, he wrote. About Wanda’s recovery he wrote sparingly but convincingly. “For that, the health of Dusia we are grateful. If only we would be able to thank as warmly as we ask. Gratitude always places us in a specific position with regard to an individual. There’s always the same problem too. We must know how to keep this grace in our lives, to reveal its specific meaning slowly in our lives and in our vocation. It’s as though at a later stage that gratitude and its depth fills and deepens”.
Wanda noted that “in place of gratitude I feel an uncontrollable fear Timor Dei, a fear of God
. I can't tell anyone that I’ve been miraculously cured, but this is what stigmatizes me for my whole life!”
Then the letter from Rome arrived, signed “Your Brother” as always.
Wanda had to come to terms with this grace that befell her although she had not asked for it “I am stunned by this experience of grace. I am struck, and I don’t know how to express it. A miraculous recovery is preventing me from becoming myself. Perhaps it has only just discovered me?
For the next sixty years, alongside her husband she would work to promote and protect life, overcoming countless obstacles and problems, even official harassment. In 2008, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from the Catholic University in Lublin and said that her credo was a beautiful love that led through marriage and parenthood to saintliness. Andrzek Półtawski, a professor of philosophy, died in 2020.
– Barbara Sułek-Kowalska
TVP WEEKLY. Editorial team and jornalists
– Translated by Jan Darasz