Here's the space we'll be using to post blog updates along with slide shows of the day.
The first few days have been packed full of experiences. As with most pilgrimages, there's so much to cover and the challenge quickly becomes choosing what not to do!
Day one: Niepokalonow, the city that St. Maximilian Kolbe built for our lady, was our home. Spending the 3rd settling in and learning from this holy place was followed by a good ol' BBQ to bring in the 4th of July.
Wednesday was Warsaw day: Bl. Jerzy Popieluszko, Warsaw Old-Town and the Warsaw Uprising Museum.
Thursday, we said "fair well" to Warsaw and made our way down to Poland's most important Pilgrimage site: Our Lady of Częstochowa. Not before a very special Mass at the main alter we were heading for Krakow. Finally, home sweet home at the John Paul II "Be Not Afraid" Center!
This morning we gave an introduction to this new home (the two-level basilica, the location and the big bell tower), then walked a mini pilgrimage to the Divine Mercy Shrine, where we were welcomed by one of the English-speaking sisters of Our Lady of Divine Mercy. Sister brought everyone to their chapel to see the Miraculous Image of Divine Mercy, and to venerate the relic of St. Faustina, before sharing the message of Divine Mercy with us, through her own words and experiences.
After lunch we tramed into Krakow's wonderful old town to see its main square, "Royal Mile" and a few of her most precious churches.
The days are full, and the pilgrims are sleeping :)
Here are a few of the photos for you to catch a glimpse. The rest are forthcoming...
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