FATHER BEYZYM. THE LOVE FOR THE HOMELAND
One of the most acute and heartbreaking “splints of Our Lord’s Cross” for Father Beyzym was his homesickness. He missed his native country, Chyriv boarding school, Krakow and Krakow Carmels. Being the only Pole on Madagascar, he yearned for the Polish language and cheered up when he got and wrote the letters to ... read more
FATHER BEYZYM’S SJ LOVE TO THE SOCIETY OF JESUS AND GALICIA PROVINCE
Father Beyzym loved his religious vocation. He loved it in the context of his belonging to the Society of Jesus and Galicia Province (Polish Province in other words). Loving his vocation, he loved his Order. Father was ready for anything, even for “the thousand of deaths”, but for the leaving of the Society, as he considered his vocation to be the will ... read more
FATHER JAN BEYZYM THE LOVE FOR THE RELIGIOUS VOCATION
Father Beyzym once admitted to the Prioress of Lobzow Karmel that he felt the call for the priesthood from his early age. He said that it was difficult and strange for him to live in the world and that he dreamed about the soutane. The secular outfit discouraged him and he did not like wearing it. After eighteen years of the religious ... read more
FATHER JAN BEYZYM THE FAITHFUL SON OF ST IGNATIUS LOYOLA
Just after his arrival in Madagascar Father Beyzym wrote to Father Apoloniusz Kraupa, the later missionary in Northern Rhodesia:”We need to be good friars here, as we are left on our own”. For Father Beyzym to be a good friar was to be a good Jesuit, a faithful son of St Ignatius Loyola. Read more
OBEDIENCE OF FATHER BEYZYM
THE PRINCIPLE AND FOUNDATION
Among the most valued by St Ignatius religious virtues were discreet charity (caritas discreta) and obedience. Obedience, based on faith and trust in God that through the superiors and their orders tells His will to their subordinates, governs them, thus complementing the deficiencies ... read more
THE PATIENCE OF FATHER JAN BEYZYM SJ
Father Beyzym confessed once that he was quite hot-headed by his nature. He also added that probably St Ignatius Loyola, who was impulsive too, but became so patient and placid later that was taken for a phlegmatic, interceded with Our Lord for him to exercise himself in patience, since Our Lord “still tells him to wait and wait”. Father had ... read more
HUMILITY OF FATHER BEYZYM SJ
When one reads Father Beyzym’s letters, one gets amazed, stunned with his humility. He protested when he was called “the lepers’ apostle”. He was only their unworthy servant and a complete failure. If there was some noise around his person, it was only because he sent letters to ... read more
FATHER BEYZYM’S ZEAL FOR THE SOUL SALVATION
St Ignatius Loyola’s motto “adiuvare animas” – “to help souls” in their return to God the Creator and Saviour – got deeply into Father Beyzym’s heart. He dedicated all his life, as a monk and as a priest, to the greater glory of God and greater help for souls. He humbly connected the care for the souls ... read more
THE LOVE FOR THE CROSS OF JESUS
“Whoever does not take up their cross and follow me is not worthy of me” (Mt 10, 38). Father Beyzym followed Our Lord with his cross without fail. This was the cross of the daily reality. He often wrote in his letters: “There is no crown without a cross”; “There is no progress without a cross”; “Through the cross to the light”. Read more ...
BELIEF IN THE INTERCESSION OF THE SAINTS AND THE ANGELS
Father Beyzym’s faith was very humble. He did not confide in himself, his services or merits, he sought help in others: on earth and in heavens. In the very beginning of his work for the lepers and being aware of their and his misery (and having no penny to his name) he understood ... read more
PRAYER IN FATHER BEYZYM’S LIFE
Father Beyzym prayed, asked for a prayer and strongly believed in its effectiveness. His letters to Father Marcin Czerminski, Krakow Carmelites and other people were full of appeals for a prayer, thanks for a prayer and assurance in praying for them. There was not a letter ... read more
THE LAST THINGS AND LOVE FOR THE DEAD IN FATHER BEYZYM’S LIFE
Being a man of a deep and living faith, Father Beyzym was not afraid to think about death. He often discussed the last things in his letters, as he treated the issue seriously. Read more ...
GOD’S WILL IN FATHER BEYZYM’S LIFE
Believing in God, trusting in Him, loving Him and His greater glory, Father Beyzym subjected himself to the holy and good will of God with faith, hope and love. Read more ...
THE GLORY OF GOD IN FATHER BEYZYM’S LIFE
The consequent of Father Beyzym’s monastic formation was the focusing of all his life at the, beloved above all, glory of God, and the will that it should be the greater glory of His - maior Dei gloria. Read more ...
HOPE OF BLESSED FATHER BEYZYM
The whole life of Father Beyzym and his arduous Madagascar mission was penetrated with unshakable hope and, at the same time, with humble trust in God’s help and God’s mercy. Read more...
FAITH OF BLESSED FATHER BEYZYM
Father Beyzym was a man of faith and entrustment in full, Augustinian sense of these words. He believed in God (credo in Deum) to whom he consciously entrusted himself to fulfil His holy and good will with a childlike simplicity. His faith, acquired at home, grew in him within the years, penetrating his entire life ... read more
JESUS CHRIST IN FATHER BEYZYM’S LIFE
Father Beyzym loved Jesus Christ, loved His Heart. He loved Him in the suffering members of His Mystical Body – in the lepers, who he served out of his selfless love for Jesus. Read more ...
SPIRITUALITY OF MARY IN BLESSED JOHN BEYZYM
The most characteristic and the most typical feature of the spirituality of Fr. Beyzym, which are many, is his devotion to Mary. Devotion to Mary is for him something connatural, as if sucked in his mother’s milk. Read more
JOHN BEYZYM AND LEPERS
Exempla trahunt – Examples inspire.
The book by John Wehinger, missionary in Burma, titled: Three years among lepers, engendered in Fr. Beyzym a desire for missionary and charitable word among lepers. Read more
FATHER JAN BEYZYM’S PROFILE
Thanks to the written documents of Father Beyzym, especially his letters and the accounts of the people who knew him personally, we can characterize the key features of his spirituality in a synthetic way without any fear of making a mistake or exaggeration. Read more