Today Jared, Shaun and I climbed the mountain near our residence. There are 42 chapels littered around the complex, we only walked past 5 in our hike.

mountain

Later on we drove to Wadowice, the birthplace of St John Paul II. It’s a town of 20 000 people, yet has a church more exquisite than most in Australia. Conveniently JP2 grew up in the house next door which is now a museum dedicated to him. After we finished we were entertained by some African pilgrims – yep this is starting to feel like a World Youth Day.

P1040555

P1040542P1040571

Next it was off to the Shrine of Divine Mercy. Admittedly if I had read more than 5 pages of my St Faustina book, I would have enjoyed this a lot more. But it was still a very peaceful place to be. We spent some time there in prayer and reflection.

P1040606P1040591

We finished the night off with a trip to Old Town, Krakow. The idea being to enjoy Krakow before 1 million other pilgrims invade the city, and enjoy we did. All of Krakow must have been asking – Who are these singing and dancing Australians? The group has really bonded today and it makes for a very enjoyable and exciting 2 weeks, but hopefully no more dancing to George Michael…

P1040612P1040610

This ends the first phase of our trip. From Czestochowa, the spiritual heart of Poland to the death and despair of Auschwitz, a continual theme that sticks out is the Polish determination and stubbornness continually displayed through their saints.

Craig

P1040577

Advertisements