Saint Faustina Kowalska: The Pole Who Met God

Poland has no shortage of Saints. Saint Pope John Paul II (Karol Wojtyła), Saint John Cantius and Saint Maximilian Kolbe are some prominent examples. Another Polish Saint, who reportedly had visions of Jesus Christ Himself, is Sister Mary Faustina Kowalska. Born in Głogowiec, Poland in 1905, Helena Kowalska was stirred from an early age to…

Sarmatia: Poland’s Mythic Golden Age?

In the 2011 movie Midnight in Paris, Owen Wilson plays a man lost in his time. His heart longs to have been born in 1920’s Paris, which he idealizes as an age grander, more magnificent than his own. His chief antagonist in the film dismisses this longing as “Golden Age Syndrome,” or the irrational, nostalgic…

John Cantius: Poland’s Philosopher Saint

On the northwest side of Chicago, near Milwaukee Avenue and what locals often call the “Polish Triangle” for its strong Polish roots, stands a gorgeous baroque church, known for its traditional liturgies and sacred atmosphere. Resting amidst the ornately decorated High Altar is a painting of an old man, adorned in scholarly black robes, handing…

A Polish Nightmare: 8 Horrific Creatures from Poland

We’ve all heard of vampires and werewolves. BORING! Few people realize that Polish and Slavic mythology has its own collection of horrific creatures straight out of your worst nightmares. If you dare, keep reading to discover why you should probably avoid walking deep in the Polish woods alone. Rusałka You’re taking a peaceful autumn stroll in…

Poland: the Linchpin of Europe

September is a very important month for Poland and all people with a Polish background. Two significant, yet contrasting, events occurred during this month in Polish history: the 1683 victory at Vienna, which halted the Ottoman Empire’s advance into Europe and the 1939 conquest by  Nazi Germany and Soviet Russia. In both cases, Poland proved…