Thursday, June 7, 2012

Wawel - Poland Pilgrimage 4b

Wawel is a complex of numerous buildings built atop a limestone outcrop on the Vistula River in Krakow, Poland. The Polish people hold Wawel in high regard as the complex contains not only Wawel Castle but also Wawel Cathedral. The first royal family lived at Wawel Castle and Wawel Cathedral is the site of the remains of St. Stanisław.  More than 900 years old - Blessed John Paul II held his first Mass as a priest in the Crypt in the cathedral. The Crypt holds the remains of Polish kings, royalty and other dignitaries. At one time John Paul II considered the Crypt as his final resting place - but was buried at St. Peter's Basilica in Rome instead.
When you first view Wawel as you enter Krakow - you immediately sense that this was and is a place of great importance. The same feeling is experienced when one enters the great Cathedrals and Basilicas of the world. At home - in our own churches - that same feeling may be experienced  - if you are open to experiencing the Real Presence of God in your life. The only thing you need to do is to approach with an open mind and heart. Jesus is there - waiting at the door.

Deacon Dale