"For whom the Lord loveth, he chastiseth; and he scourgeth every son whom he receiveth." -- Hebrews 12:6
No country has suffered the effects of 20th-century anti-Christian ideologies more than Poland. After more than a century of division, Poland regained its sovereignty in 1918, after World War I. That sovereignty did not last long. In 1939, as predicted and signaled by Our Lady at Fatima, a new and worse war began in earnest with the invasion of Poland by the Nazis.
During the Nazi occupation, Poland was subjected to some of the worst ravages of the war and was home to the Nazi death camps. Upwards of six million Poles perished during the War. But the end of the War would provide no respite for the Polish people. Nazi Occupation was replaced with Soviet occupation and repression that would last another 45 years.
Yet, in contrast to the spirit of this terrible age, the Polish people did not look upon their immense suffering during this period as useless. They did not despair and curse God for their fate. Instead, the Polish people looked upon themselves as a people chosen by God, chosen to suffer as their Savior suffered.
In post-war Western Europe, faith was rejected in favor of prosperity and a false "liberty." But while those in Western Europe gave up their faith with barely a thought, the atheist communists tried to beat it out of the Poles. But precisely because of their suffering, the Poles tenaciously clung to their faith.
In 1979, Pope St. John Paul II traveled to communist Poland and gave a speech to a million Poles in Krakow. After decades of suffering the people of Poland had one message, one thought, expressed in a chant that rose up in the square, a chant that went on for 15 minutes. "We want God! We want God!" Continued Communist oppression didn't have a chance.
It was just prior to the Nazi and Soviet scourges under which Poland would suffer so much, that Our Lord revealed something about the future of Poland to St. Faustina. Recorded in her diary, Our Lord told St. Faustina the following: "I bear a special love for Poland, and if she will be obedient to My will, I will exalt her in might and holiness. From her will come forth the spark that will prepare the world for My final coming" (Diary, 1732).
Because of his charisma and a not a small dose of budding papal positivism, many people over the last 40 years have interpreted Our Lord's prophecy to St. Faustina as referring to Pope St. John Paul II. I do not think that is the case. In fact, I don't think that this prophecy refers to a person at all, I think it refers to the faith of Poland. Poland's faith is the spark which might help prepare the world for the final coming of the Lord.
In order to understand this properly, one must understand a bit more about those elements that must occur before the final coming of the Lord. Among these are the preaching of the Gospel in the whole world, the great apostasy, the persecution of Antichrist, and the acceptance of Jesus by the Jewish people.
First on this list is the preaching of the Gospel in the whole world. While some may speculate that this has already occurred, that is demonstrably untrue. In fact, I firmly believe that this will occur during the Triumph of the Immaculate Heart and the period of peace promised by Our Lady at Fatima.
In the diary of Sr. Lucia, she records the difficulties that she had in writing down the secrets. She records that she was granted a vision of a terrible chastisement of the world. But after the vision, Sr. Lucia was comforted: "After I felt my racing heart, in my spirit a soft voice said: ‘In time, one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. In eternity, Heaven!’ "
It is during this promised period of peace in which the Gospel will be preached in the world resulting in one faith, one baptism, one Church, Holy, Catholic, Apostolic. This is what will prepare the world for the final coming of the Lord.
And it is from faithful Poland that this spark may come. As the fire of the true faith dies in the world and even in the Church, the spark remains in Poland. It is Poland that has rejected the anti-God secularism of the West, laughing off the constant threats of the European Union with its culture of death policy mandates:
It is in Poland where a million faithful prayed the rosary along their 2,000-mile border to protect their country from the Islamist invasion:
It is the Polish bishops who have categorically rejected the institutionalized sacrilege of Amoris Laetitia. It is Polish bishops that have backed the dubia of the four Cardinals. And it is even now reported that the Polish bishops might issue their own dubia:
While the fire of faith sputters into blackness across the world and in the Church, it is in Poland that the spark remains. And it is precisely because Poland has remained obedient to the will of God that this spark remains, the spark that may when God wills it, be fanned back into a fire that will prepare the world for the final coming of the Lord.