Divine Mercy Pilgrimage to Germany and Poland

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Fr. Joel de los Reyes
HANNOVER, GERMANY

On July 13, 2017, the Guam Divine Mercy Pilgrimage group went to Hannover, Germany, had a sightseeing tour of this beautiful city, browsed and shopped around.

Hannover holds the world’s largest industrial fair every year in April.  We had Mass in the Church of St. Adalbert and billeted overnight at Leonardo Hotel Hannover.

BERLIN, GERMANY

From July 14 to 15, we were in Berlin, stayed at the Maritim Hotel, visited the Berlin Wall, a Holocaust Memorial to victims of the Nazi tyranny, went inside the Glass Dome of the Reichstag Parliament Building, viewed the Berliner Dom and Charlottenburg Palace and shopped at Berlin’s city shopping center.

We had Mass in the Cathedral of St. Hedwig. Back then, it was a symbol of freedom of religious expression for the small Catholic communities of Berlin.

Our sojourn in Germany was highlighted with rich historical memory of this great nation and its people.

WROCŁAW, POLAND

On July 16, we headed to Wrocław, Poland. We had a tour of this beautiful city, which is known for its market square, lined with elegant townhouses, and features the Gothic Old Town Hall’s astronomical clock.

There are many beautiful bridges. One of which is the Tumski Bridge, a well-known attraction to lovers who put padlocks on the bridge side railings, then throw the keys down into the Oda River in order to “lock their love.”

There were buskers playing violin and other instruments for a sentimental and romantic atmosphere. Our Mass at the St. John the Baptist Cathedral highlighted our tour of this beautiful Polish city.

CZĘSTOCHOWA, POLAND      

The Black Madonna of Częstochowa or Our Lady of Częstochowa is a revered icon of the Blessed Virgin Mary housed at the Jasna Góra Monastery in Częstochowa, Poland.

Seven pontiffs have recognized the venerated icon beginning with Pope Clement XI who issued a canonical coronation to the Image on December 8, 1717.

The legend of the two scars on the Black Madonna’s right cheek tells about a heretical group of Orthodox Christians called Hussites who plundered the Pauline Monastery in 1430.

After putting the icon in their wagon, the Hussites tried to escape but their horses refused to move. They threw the portrait to the ground and one of the plunderers hit the image with his sword and inflicted two deep strikes.

Attempting to inflict the third strike, he fell to the ground and writhed in agony until his death. Despite past attempts to repair those scars, they had difficulty in covering up the slashes as the painting was done with tempera infused with diluted wax.

We were guided by Father Simon, one of the priests in the monastery. We went around the altar, kneeling where she is displayed. It’s a very holy place and we had Mass in one of the altars inside the monastery.

On the flip side, someone said that it’s not the start but how you finish that makes the difference. All the good works in life are not equal to the Sacrifice of the Mass because they are the works of men, but the Mass is the work of God.

Today is a beautiful day because God made it. Patience is not the ability to wait but the ability to keep a good attitude while waiting.

God puts people in your life for a reason and removes them from your life for a better reason. Amen on that folks!

St. Faustina said, “Treat beggars like the Lord.”

Pray the Divine Mercy every 3 p.m. Daily recite the Chaplet of Mercy.