Tuesday, April 29, 2014

Canonization Pilgrimage

"Mankind will not have peace until it turns to the Fount of My Mercy." 
Our Lord to Sister Faustina

Divine Mercy Sunday. Present with 5 million pilgrims in the city of Rome from all over the world to celebrate the canonization of 2 Popes by 2 Popes.

My pilgrimage, however, began 10 days earlier in Warsaw, Poland. 

Staying at the shrine of Blessed Jerzy Popoleski, we toured Plock, Warsaw and Niepokalonow. From there we went to Jonas Gora to visit Our Lady of Czestehowa.  Captured behind the image during the consecration (I realize at this moment that I would need to do a couple blogs about this trip to do it any justice), kneeling with my hand on the stone backing of the altar, I had the most beautiful gift of love and consolation. At that moment, with the image of Our Lady between me and the lifted, consecrated Host I prayed for all the people I love most dearly.

Next our pilgrimage took us to Krakow, Wadowice, and Kalawaria. We also paid tribute to Auschwitz and the Jewish people, Catholic religious and minorities who died in the holocaust.

After spending many grace filled moments at the Divine Mercy Shrine, the Pope's favorite retreat center and Saint John Paul II's birthplace we boarded the plane for Rome. 

The next several days brought us to basilicas and holy sites all over the city and even on the Amalfi Coast. At 3 am on Sunday we arose and made our way to St Peters. Joining hundreds of thousands in the wee hours of the morning, we waited in prayer, standing together to hear the words of the Holy Father: 

“We declare and define John XXIII and John Paul II be saints and we enroll them among the saints, decreeing that they are to be venerated as such by the whole Church.”

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