tekst i melodia ks. Stanisław Ziemiański SJ, Kraków, 13.IV.2017
Pieśń wykonana przez zespół pod dyrekcją Magdy Steczkowskiej w ramach koncertu w Teatrze im. J. Słowackiego w Krakowie z okazji poświęcenia sztandaru i nadania imienia Hanny Chrzanowskiej szkole prowadzonej przez Zespół Jednostek Edukacyjnych Województwa Małopolskiego w Krakowie, kształcącej pracowników medycznych. Koncert odbył się 9.04.2018r.
In these difficult times it is easy to lose sight of essentials; in the growing pressure to cope and get the nursing work done, we risk forgetting why we became nurses in the first place and where we can and should turn for spiritual support and moral re-assurance. Our role model in these exceptional times should be our patron Blessed Hanna, who clearly stated, that our role is “to help those who are suffering to carry their Cross, and through them to help Christ. It cannot be otherwise, because after all, our work came into being as work of the Church. From the very beginning we tried to seek inspiration for our work from the pages of the Gospels, where there are so many examples of Christ’s relationship with those who are suffering…”
As Blessed Hanna observed, “nursing an ill person [-] cannot be restricted to purely physical nursing activities; it has to also have some apostolic character. From the very beginning we have attempted to follow the words of Pope Pius XII from his Encyclical about The Mystical Body of Christ – that “Priesthood among those who are sick lies not only in the hands of anointed priests, but among all those, who perform acts of charity towards the sick.” We try to deliver our nursing care of the sick to the highest possible (professional) standard, but at the same time we are developing our work in another [spiritual] direction. In truth it is impossible to speak about two directions, as there is only one direction, because a person is one psychosomatic unite.”
We know that our patients are one psycho-social and spiritual unit – just as we are who are practising nurses and healthcare workers, so it becomes logical and imperative that we make sure that the spiritual dimension of the human person is also addressed not only their physical needs. This should be so both in regards to the sick we are looking after and in regard to ourselves and our families. And there is no better way to support our spirits and nourish our souls and those of our patients than by prayer and enabling the reception of the sacraments. However as Blessed Hanna said, “…The work we do, the kind of services we deliver, is an apostolate of action, not words, and this helps in preparing the way [for conversion]. How can a suffering man comprehend the depth of Christianity, or even an aspect of Christianity, when he is unwell and neglected, and cannot see any effort being made to bring him physical relief?”
Whether the patient is religious or not, wealthy or destitute, their spiritual needs remain the same, and as Blessed Hanna noted “neglect in this sphere is sometimes greater among rich people or those from the so-called thinking classes, than among simple folk.” Almost prophetically she observed back in the 1970s that “…Patients are forced by their illness and pain, which is greater or smaller, less or more immobilising to become isolated from the external world, alone in their flat, spending all their time surrounded by the same people, which is often a very narrow group of people. The sick in effect become increasingly isolated.” This is exactly what we are witnessing among the frail elderly and chronically sick who are isolating themselves in their homes because of COVID-19 pandemic. Other patients are cared for in hospitals in reverse-barriers nursing conditions that are anti-sympathetic to spiritual reassurance and psychological support. Meanwhile, healthcare workers themselves are increasingly becoming depressed and cannot see much ahead of the next nursing task. In such circumstances, the call to base, i.e. to prayer is all the more important. As Blessed Hanna said, “In delivering nursing care, it is necessary to take into consideration the psyche of the chronically ill patient, as one cannot limit oneself to what is universally called, charity regarding the soul and body. In our case we care for the infirm body and through this nursing intervention create the possibility for a close relationship between the patient and God.” In order to create this possibility – we need to pray for our patients. As Bl Hanna noted, “…the common factor in these acts of conversion was the prayer of the parish nurse.”
Nurses and healthcare workers need to pray for themselves, their families but also their patients. What better intercessionary guide can we have than Blessed Hanna herself? Praying for Blessed Hanna’s intercession through her litany, or praying the rosary or The Divine Mercy Chaplet, and remembering before the Lord our work, our patients and our families and home life, should be our renewed task. As many a saint has observed, the more work there is to do the more we should pray; even if it just consists of short sighs of Love, or focusing on a cross/holy picture hanging on the wall – for these are all part of the rich bouquet of prayers gathered up and presented to the Lord. Blessed Hanna goes even further suggesting that “We must teach people how to pray at the bedside of the dying and of course, we ourselves must pray, though naturally not necessarily on our knees, and definitely not neglecting our duties.” So, we need to pray and we should be prepared to help others to pray.
There is however, as Blessed Hanna observed, “…A fundamental problem in our apostolate [-] the nature and mystery of suffering. This is a huge problem and it is getting more and more difficult, especially with the spread of materialistic consumption in our society. In such an atmosphere, the spirit of sacrifice is undervalued, or even rendered completely incomprehensible. So it is not easy for the contemporary person to understand the purpose of suffering, which is synonymous with sacrifice and renunciation.” This problem of secularisation of our society and therefore all that affects the patient cannot be ignored. This is happening all around us.
But Catholic nurses should try and stay focused on their patients, and try to deliver holistic care without neglecting their patient’s spiritual wellbeing, even if the patient is consciously unconcerned about spiritual matters. In fact, the more serious the illness the more likely the patient or the family at some point will challenge its cause, question the sense of it all, and try to query the inexplicable. As Blessed Hanna said,“…Based on [my] observations and on our own experience we can assure you, that in most cases the answer to the question “Why me? “, or “What is this for?”, is best answered simply, by ‘this is God’s mystery, in the same way as God’s mystery is the Suffering of Christ’. I have noticed, that even a rebellious patient, awaiting discussion on this subject, someone who is full of internal turmoil, yet faced with such a response ceases to discuss, calms down, and becomes more trustful. And this is the foundation upon which other truths will grow, the full truth, the one which will bring liberation to the sick. And the ill need liberation so desperately. They cannot escape the enslavement of their bodies, but they can drop, or at least relax their spiritual fetters.”
She goes on to say, “The fact that we ourselves, at least as long as we are healthy, are not afraid of death that is quite another matter. However, it does not mean, that we do not acknowledge the fact of the fear of death existing among our patients. Such fears exist and are quite natural. The fact that most patients hold on so desperately to the thin thread of life is on one hand proof of their having been brought-up without adequate understanding of death, but on the other hand it demonstrates how precious the gift of life is to everyone. How strongly old people fight for their life – the question: “Am I dying?” is quite frequent. And such questions should be answered individually… At times like that we can only behave with tact and respect.” Blessed Hanna has given us this sensible nursing advice, and it is now up to us to reflect upon it.
Finally, and in conclusion some friendly words from Blessed Hanna, “First of all we must be humble. We are not in a position to understand completely the nature of suffering, to feel the pain caused by long immobilisation; we do not know what really happens in the soul of an ill person. We mustn’t lord over them, we must only serve. Otherwise we would not be following the example of Christ. We cannot go to our patients with the conviction that we will raise them to some spiritual heights. Whose? Ours? God help us! Don’t delude yourselves, that we will inevitably deepen their faith. Very often the situation is quite the opposite, it is they who deepen our faith and enrich us. It is precisely those silent and meek patients, who manage to keep to themselves their ‘holiest of holy spaces in their innermost soul.”
Based on the writings of Blessed Hanna; Transcript of talk delivered by Bl. Hanna Chrzanowska
14 February 1973, in Warsaw, to The Bishops Conference on Pastoral Work
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„Rysopis: Gęba niegdyś piękna. Włosy niegdyś blond. Wykształcenie: niższe. Zawód: posługaczka oraz pośredniczka od wszystkiego. Charakter: pogodny skąpiec i dusigrosz. Zainteresowania: Kobra i Synod.” Taką charakterystykę siebie napisała na kilka tygodni przed śmiercią Hanna Chrzanowska. Po takim opisie można wysnuć wniosek, że to kobieta z dystansem do siebie, ludzkimi wadami i zainteresowaniami. Dwoma słowy – dowcipna, ale nic specjalnego. Jednak ta skromna osoba była w stanie zachwycić Karola Wojtyłę i stać się pierwszą błogosławioną świecką pielęgniarką.
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The first International Pilgrimage In the footsteps of Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska in the first anniversary of the beatification Beginning: Monday, April 22, 2019. Completion: Monday, April 29, 2019. On Monday, 22 April 2019. to submit the First International Pilgrim in the footsteps of Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska in the first anniversary
of the beatification. Upon arrival to Warsaw and accommodation in a hotel, we visited the Old Town. The evening was crowned by a shared dinner. Tuesday, April 23, start with the holiday in the language of the Dominican Fathers on Ul. Freta at 10 am Holy Mass was celebrated
Litany to Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, have mercy on us.
Lord, have mercy on us.
Christ, hear us.
Christ, graciously hear us.
God, the Father of heaven, have mercy on us.
God the Son, Redeemer of the world, have mercy on us.
God the Holy Ghost, have mercy on us.
Holy Trinity, one God, have mercy on us.
Holy Mary, pray for us.
Saint Joseph, pray for us.
Saint Benedict, pray for us.
All the holy men and women, saints of God, pray for us.
Blessed Hanna Chrzanowska, pray for us.
Blessed Hanna, who praised God for His great works, pray for us.
Who found Jesus Christ in the mystery of the cross, pray for us.
Who ardently explored the depths of his Divine Word, pray for us.
Who was united with Christ in the Eucharist, pray for us.
Who drew from the depths of Benedictine spirituality, pray for us.
Who found in prayer the power of faith, hope and charity, pray for us.
Who went with Mary in haste to assist the needy, pray for us.
Who with Our Lady of Sorrows consoled the despondent, pray for us.
Who served Christ in caring for the sick, pray for us.
Who sought support from the Holy Church, pray for us.
Who co-operated with pastors in the care of the sick, pray for us.
Who radiated a passionate love of God, pray for us.
Who was the embodiment of the eight beatitudes, pray for us.
Who selflessly performed acts of charity, pray for us.
Who defended life from conception to death, pray for us.
Who wisely taught the art of nursing, pray for us.
Who nurtured the conscience of nurses, pray for us.
Who administered the most basic nursing care to her patients, pray for us.
Who strove for respect of the nursing profession, pray for us.
Who unfailingly sought out the sick and abandoned, pray for us.
Who gathered to herself refugees and orphans, pray for us.
Who restored hope and joy to the disabled, pray for us.
Who cared for the body and souls of her patients, pray for us.
Who reconciled the sick with God, pray for us.
Who introduced the custom of celebrating Holy Mass in the homes of the sick, pray for us.
Who protected with great care the dignity of her patients, pray for us.
Who confronting human misery evoked compassion, pray for us.
Who inspired many towards service to the sick, pray for us.
Who prepared people to meet the sick and suffering, pray for us.
Who discovered God’s beauty in our world and revealed it to others, pray for us.
Who dispelled sorrows with serenity, pray for us.
Who bravely and faithfully bore all adversities, pray for us.
Who devoted her energies to the service of the sick, pray for us.
Who laudably fulfilled her nursing vocation, pray for us.
Who wholeheartedly gave herself to God and her neighbour, pray for us.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Spare us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Graciously hear us, O Lord.
Lamb of God, who takes away the sins of the world,
Have mercy on us.
Priest: Pray for us Blessed Hanna
Faithful: So that with our whole life we may give witness to loving kindness.
Let us pray:
God, you called Blessed Hanna to serve the sick, poor, and abandoned, may she who with her whole heart answered that call, through her example constantly encourage us in assisting our neighbours. Through Christ our Lord; Amen.
Curia of Archdiocese of Kraków
Nr 844/2018, Kraków, 28 April 2018
Archbishop Mark Jędraszewski
Church in Wiązowna, in which 115 years ago was baptized bl. Hanna Chrzanowska. A renewed antique baptismal font in which the Baptism of Saint.
During the ceremony they received the Sacrament of Holy Baptism. two girls. Older people received the Sacrament of the Sick. In the pictures, the National Chaplain of the Health Service, Fr. Arkadiusz Zawistowski gives the Sacrament of the Baptism of Saint. newborn.
June 7 this year in the courtyard of the Dominican Sisters in Krakow The Gródek officially opened an exhibition dedicated to exceptional nurses who exercised his ministry in the city. The protagonists are: Maria Epstein – precursor of Polish professional nursing and Bl. Hanna Chrzanowska who wholeheartedly strive for the care of patients remaining in their homes and help them not only in matters of care for the body, but also the care of their spiritual needs.
These two wonderful nurses knew each other personally because Bl. Hanna Chrzanowska was a student of Maria Epstein, and then they shared their sincere friendship, even when Maria joined the Dominican convent.
We invite you to visit this very interesting exhibition, to which the Dominican nuns materials made available and which is in the courtyard of the monastery on Gródek in Kraków. Mikołajska 21. The exhibition will be available for two months.