Poland Pilgrimage Day 7, Part 1
by Steve Ray on September 21, 2011
We had a wonderful morning starting with a good walk to mass at St. Stanislaw on the Rock built on the site where the king killed the good bishop in 1079. He is now the patron of Poland. What an amazing thing to celebrate Mass in a church where a bishop was martyred over a thousand years ago. It is exhilarating to breath Catholic air in Poland!
Then to the “Perfect Communist City” which under Stalin was intended to be godless and churchless. However, the 250,000 Poles erected a cross in a field and came to pray. The Communists bulldozed it every week but the Poles defiantly replaced it. Eventually, with the help of Archbishop Karol Wajtila (later JPII), they received permission to build a church which they defiantly build with their own money and hands under the disapproving eye of the regime.
Stay tuned for Part 2 where we visit Auschwitz and Birkenau.