Tuesday, May 29, 2012

Basilica of Divine Mercy - Poland Pilgrimage 1a

The Basilica of Divine Mercy in Krakow, Poland is dedicated to the Divine Mercy devotion as promoted by Saint Faustina Kowalska the "secretary" of Jesus. St Faustina was cannonized in 2000 the same year that Blessed John Paul II declared the Sunday following Easter as Divine Mercy Sunday. The basilica is very modern and at the time of construction drew criticism that it was too modern. That being said millions of pilgrims visit every year. Both Blessed John Paul II and Pope Benedict XVI have visited the basilica. 
Upon entering the basilica you view a very wide open space - simply designed. The basilica can hold about 5000 people with seating for about 1800. Immediately upon entering you feel that this is a special place - a place filled with believers - not spectators. Groups of pilgrims as well as individuals can be seen praying everywhere. Holy Mass is celebrated daily and multiple times on the weekend. The Divine Mercy Chaplet is recited daily at 3:00pm - quite often just prior to Holy Mass. Surely the presence of The Lord is in this place!

Deacon Dale