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5 Reasons to Sign Up for Our Pilgrimage

by Brenda Cerkez, Executive Director, Family Honor

Should you or shouldn’t you? Still thinking about whether you should go on Family Honor’s Pilgrimage to Poland? Here are 5 reasons to register:

 5. You’re Polish. 

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Photo: Market Square, Krakow

We all have the urge at some time or another to re-connect with our roots. Is your mother or grandmother, father or grandfather from Poland? Are there stories that have been passed down to you about your family’s roots in Poland and how they got to America? Do you want to experience a stronger connection to your heritage, to what helped to make you, well … YOU? Sign up! Our Pilgrimage will take us to many different cities in Poland, including Warsaw, Krakow, Zakopane and more.

Find out more about your Polish ancestry:

http://search.ancestry.com/Places/Europe/Poland/Default.aspx

 

4. You Love History

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Photo: Jasna Gora Monastery

If you are a student of history, you’ll love Poland. As part of our Pilgrimage, you will see: the magnificently restored Royal Castle, Wieliczka Salt Mines, the Jasna Gora Monastery where the portrait of the ‘Black Madonna’ is located. (It has a pilgrimage tradition going back to the 14th century!)  We’ll also visit the St. Stanislaus Kostka Church and view the exhibit dedicated to Fr. Jerzy Popieluszko (was killed by Communists in 1984). And that’s only a few of the historic locations!

For a list of interesting facts about Poland, go to:

http://facts.randomhistory.com/poland-facts.html

 

3. You Love Pope Saint John Paul II

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For many of us, the pontificate of Pope John Paul II was life changing. His Theology of the Body alone has been a tremendous gateway for literally thousands of men and women who came to understand what being created male and female in the image of God means. If you love John Paul II, sign up for this Pilgrimage! You’ll visit sites of significance in his life, including: Wadowice, his birthplace, where you’ll go to the church he attended and was baptized in and Jaszczurowka Chapel, which was visited several times by Karol Wojtyla (John Paul II), as it lies on the walking paths where he often finished his walks with prayer and reflection.

For some interesting background on JP II and Krakow, Poland, read:

https://www.firstthings.com/web-exclusives/2015/11/john-paul-iis-beloved-krakow

 

2. You Want to Grow Spiritually.

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According to the Catechism of the Catholic Church: “Pilgrimages evoke our earthly journey toward heaven and are traditionally very special occasions for renewal in prayer.” [CCC2691]

Likewise, the Catechism says: “The seasons and days of penance in the course of the liturgical year (Lent, and each Friday in memory of the death of the Lord) are intense moments of the Church’s penitential practice. These times are particularly appropriate for spiritual exercises, penitential liturgies, pilgrimages as signs of penance, voluntary self-denial such as fasting and almsgiving, and fraternal sharing (charitable and missionary works). [CCC1438]

I have been on two previous pilgrimages to other historic and holy sites, and I can say with certainty: going on a pilgrimage deepens your spiritual life, opens up your prayer life, and connects you with those saints and martyrs who have gone before you in a way that is hard to explain.

If you want to deepen your spiritual life, go on this pilgrimage. The pilgrimage will take place during the upcoming Lenten season of 2017. What a beautiful preparation you will have for Easter!

 

1. You Need Mercy. You Want to Give Mercy.

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Who among us doesn’t need mercy in our lives? On a regular basis, we sin against our Lord and we hurt others. According to the web site of the Shrine of Divine Mercy: “we continue to rely on St. Faustina as a constant reminder of message to trust in Jesus’ endless mercy, and to live life mercifully toward others.”  Is there someone in your life who you feel you can’t forgive? Is theresomething in your life you wish you could do over? Perhaps this Pilgrimage will help heal the hurts you’ve caused and the hurts you’ve experienced. Go deeper into the mystery of Divine Mercy on this Pilgrimage.

Important note: We’ve extended the deadline to Dec. 5 for sending in your deposit to reserve a place on this pilgrimage. Please don’t delay. Call 1.800.653.0017 today to make the deposit via credit card or to ask questions about this trip.

A one more final thought: if you can’t go on the pilgrimage, perhaps you’d like to give the Pilgrimage to Poland as a special birthday, Christmas, retirement or anniversary gift to your mom and dad, your daughter or son, or another person close to you.