- Oct 28, 2020
With a visit Saturday morning to the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy in Lagiewniki and then a Mass at Krakow’s sprawling Sanctuary of St. John Paul II, Pope Francis paid homage to his storied predecessor Saturday morning and to St. Faustina Kowalska, whose legacies hang over his Year of Mercy.
There is no greater symbol of mercy in Krakow than the Divine Mercy shrine. Among its sisters is a Sr Faustina lookalike who urges people to “really trust” in God’s mercy.
In Wadowice, the hometown of St. Pope John Paul II, you take a deep breath and remember that pretty fundamental ‘yeses’ can change the world. There’s a revolution in that that doesn’t begin with the political. It nourished every aspect of life. But it doesn’t begin with a platform. It begins with a surrender. With a heart open to life and freedom.
George Weigel believes that in Krakow this July during World Youth Day, there will be two starring roles — Pope Francis, who’ll lead the celebration, and St. John Paul II, who founded it against considerable opposition and skepticism. “This isn’t ‘Hamlet’,” Weigel says, “it’s ‘Romeo and Juliet’.”
The degree to which humanity is willing to listen and to live the message of mercy in both devotions is the degree to which there will be peace in one’s heart, and peace in the world.
ARLINGTON, Va. (CNS) — Susan Pawlukiewicz traveled to Poland three years ago bearing immense grief over the recent loss of her mother. About seven weeks later, she returned to the United States with a sense of peace and gratitude — and a duffel bag filled with 35 rolled-up prints. She