Our first day here was both an exhausting and exhilarating introduction to our trip. After our flight, we headed to our first temporary home for the first two nights, the monastery of St. Maximilian Kolbe, Niepokalanow. Though we were tired, our suffering couldn't even compare to that of Kolbe in Auschwitz. Seeing and hearing about everything he went through was a wake up call (literally and figuratively).
Parish and Museum of Bl. Jerzy Popiełuszko
Our first day really going out we visited the church and museum of newly Blessed Jerzy Popiełuszko, who lived in the communist 80's and was martyred in his early 30's. One of our pilgrims, Sophia, felt a special connection with the Blessed: "The fact that he could fulfill his vocation in the most ordinary, everyday way -- in spite of such evil -- inspires me to try to live in accordance with his example."
His story is fascinating, and seeing and touching things from his life made all of us have a deeper understanding of Bl. Jerzy; I highly encourage you all look up his beautiful and moving story!
More updates to come as we "Open wide the doors to Christ", following the words and footsteps of Pope John Paul II.
The Media Team!