This past week I traveled to Krakow, Poland …
What an exciting place to be in light of the recent canonization of Pope John Paul II !
If you did not know that he was proclaimed a saint in April, well let’s just say, we could not miss the news in Krakow. It was so emotionally exciting to walk the same grounds that he did as a child, as a youth, as a priest and then as bishop. My heart was full of joy to be this close to his history, to learn more about this person and to witness what he did and said throughout his lifetime.
I visited his hometown, the place where he was baptized and the neighborhood where he lived. I read about his family history in the museum and spoke to people who are so proud to call him a native son.
One evening I attended vespers and Mass with the monks at the Dominican church. I was so profoundly struck to see that the church was packed … beyond standing room only! There were people sitting in the aisles, standing all around and even out the door. My heart was full of excitement, joy, gratitude and peace. I could only imagine what it must have been like for the apostles in the upper room when the Holy Spirit came upon them ( Acts 2:1-4 ). It was awe-inspiring to be with the youth and college students among the local people of the area, all celebrating the Eucharist with a reverence so profound and with such meaning – it was simply a powerful experience.
As we approach the celebration of Pentecost - the birth of the church - we are reminded of the journey each one of us lives within the faith of the church. We listen to our current Pope Francis giving witness to what it is that we are called to live – what it is to be a follower of Jesus. I ask: What do you do to share the spirit living within you? How are you a follower of Jesus?