I feel that I’m participating in two wars: the first is the physical, military war, with bombing, fear, suffering, death; the other war, which is also real, is the spiritual war.
Here, in this second war,… the war of prayer, the war of the rosary… we the Carmelite friars and sisters, the priests and the Christian faithful, we’re on the front line. We are fighting against the devil, we’re fighting in the name of the Lord, fighting once again on Golgotha, fighting and waiting for the peace of the Risen Lord.
This is what I feel: spiritual warfare! I don’t feel like a hero. The Carmelite sisters don’t feel like heroes. The priests and the faithful don’t feel like heroes, but we are really fighting with the devil! This is everyone’s feeling.
Father Józef Kucharczyk, O.C.D.
Discalced Carmelite Provincial Delegate – Kyiv, Ukraine
Interview with Father General Miguel Márquez, O.C.D.
28 February 2022
You can read more of Father Kucharczyk’s interview in our exclusive feature, Spiritual Warfare in Ukraine: An interview with Fr. Józef Kucharczyk, OCDread more
[Nota Bene: As of 8 March 2022, the last four nuns in Kyiv had departed for Poland, and Father Józef said in a video that the friars in Kyiv, prompted by the Lord through the intercession of St. Joseph, were discerning their next steps.]
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Note from the blogger: We are grateful to the Discalced Carmelite General Curia for their permission to translate and publish Father General’s interview with Father Kucharczyk, which originally appeared in Spanish on the Order’s Facebook page. In the featured image you see Father Józef Kucharczyk with the four Discalced Carmelite nuns who remain in Kyiv with him. | Image credit: Curia Generalizia Carmelitani Scalzi Facebook page (video screenshot)