Blessed Czesław Jóźwiak
1919 – 1942
He was a student at the Salesian Oratory in Poznan and head of the Salesian youth associations he was dedicated to the apostolate of the youth. “All his spiritual strength derived from his trust in God, while his deep eucharistic piety and devotion to Our Lady formed the basis for his life”. Suspected by the police of taking part in resistance groups, he was arrested in September 1940 and sentenced to death under the pretext of incitement to treason. He was beheaded in the prison in Dresden on the 24th August 1942. He went to his death as if he were going to meet Jesus and Mary. Before his death he wrote to his family:
“I have to leave this world. I’ll tell you that I’m happy to be sent to the kingdom come. I know that Maria who I have adored all my life will attain the forgiveness of Jesus for me. The priest will bless me during the execution. We have the great pleasure to be together before our death. We are five in one small room of the prison.
“Please don’t cry, don’t feel desperate, don’t be worried. It’s the will of God. I turn especially to you, my dear Mummy, offer your pain to Mary, the Mother.”