Sunday, July 08, 2007

Sunday, July 8th

Well, today has been an AMAZING day.

First off, I woke up to a perfectly sunny day.

A group of us met up and went to St Giles Church which is a parish in town that does a Mass in English at 10:30am on Sundays here in Krakow. It ended up being what we called the "George Weigel Mass". We mean that in a good, loving sort of way. It is just that he did everything, the readings an the singing, hence it has been named the "George Weigel Mass".

After Mass we headed back to the Priory. By the way, for those of you who don't know, we are staying in the Dominican Priory here. Anyways, at 12pm we headed for the train station. Myself, 2 Poles, and 6 Americans went to take the Pope train to Kalweria Zabredowske. The first amazing thing is that they actually have a "Pope Train". It is the actual name. It is a train that takes you to the various places in and near Krakow that were important in the life of JP II. It is also a very nice train! And it only costs 6$ Canadian round trip.

Anyways, we headed to Kalweria Zabredowske and it was an amazing time. We started off with walking from the train station uphill to the Basillica. It was tiring but worth it. We got lunch and then went to walk. We went to the gift shop first because I wanted to get a map of the chapels. This is a pilgrimage spot that has 42 chapels layed out across some 8 kilometers to mark Christ's walk in His passion. It is amazing. Last time I was there, I only got to see a couple of chapels, though this time we got to see about half. It was quite wonderful. We spent 4 hours total in Kalwaria Zabredowska. After that, we began our way to the train station with a small stop for ice cream. Then we got on the train and headed back home. We got home and at 8:30pm we went for a late dinner to Da Pietro which is an excellent Italian Place in the Old Square. We had great conversations which included MANY Monty Python quotations including a thing or 2 from Faulty Towers and we left at 11pm.

Today has been the perfect Sunday. The weather was perfect, the company was great, lots of time for prayer, great food and beer and just overall relaxing, restful, and fun. We all agreed that today was just out of this world.

I hope you are all well and so forth.

God bless


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