well that was strange…

… while discussing the whole Medjugorje thing with Fr. R he suggested I pray on the idea. Spend some time in adoration is his answer for everything. I love that man. So there I was spending my lunch break in adoration asking God “so what’s up?”. And very clearly and very distinctly I heard a single word in my head. It was such a precise declaration that I turned around thinking some one spoke it in my ear from over my shoulder. One word.


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  • I've had that happen. Can't remember what it was but…yeah. It is weird.

  • 🙂

  • I've had that happen too – but I remember it. I'd check with you priest before acting on such things. What if you had heard "South Beach" like I did?

  • FYI, I just came back from Poland last week, after visiting family, friends, Cracow, among others.

  • Rob

    That is very cool! So, headed to Czestochowa now?

  • Anonymous

    Poland is wonderful. JPII prescence is felt all over.

  • Good word. I'd run with it.

  • Anonymous

    Medjugorie is not in Poland. But the Divine Mercy Devotion was started in Poland. Perhaps the Lord is telling you to stick to approved apparitions. But, I'm not your spiritual director. I think you should tell him about it and take his advice. I had a similar occurrence once when I was in Adoration.Eric

  • Anonymous

    We were to have gone on pilgrimage two years ago to Poland (right after Obama took office) but the suddendly sinking economy cancelled the trip as not enough people signed up. There are plenty of holy sites – Czestochowa, Wadowice (JP's childhood home),Krakow is loaded, the food – well, the food…what can I say? I'm Polish! – and a dear, devout friend of mine who goes annually to visit relatives there for the Assumption feast day says that Poland doesn't lack for priestly vocations and that she's never seen so many young, good-looking priests in one place. The Faith is incredibly strong there among young people – maybe it's that invigoration the Holy Spirit is going to give you there…NY Ma

  • At least it wasn't "Forty-two".

  • There is a strong connection at Medjugorje to the Divine Mercy devotion.A sister church, part of the Medjugorje parish is named Church of Divine Mercy. Its construction was funded by Italian pilgrims who also donated an original Divine Mercy icon associated with a miracle used as an accepted proof for the beatification of Sr Faustina.Cardinal Christoph Schönborn, a strong promoter of Divine Mercy once said: “When you look at a place like Medjugorje, you can see a superpower of mercy. Many merciful deeds were born here or they were supported here.” December 30, 2009He has also given a catechisis in Medjugorje on Divine Mercy.Many of Our Lady’s messages from Medjugorje speak of God’s merciful love.

  • Krakow rocks, I recommend it highly. Most young people there can speak some English so it's not hard to get around, order food, etc. There are about a million churches, plus a castle, and it's not uncommon to see monks and nuns walking around on the streets.

  • Anonymous

    Jesu Ufam Tobie!

  • Thanks be to God.

  • Check out the Salt Mine Wieliczka — it has the last supper carved in salt, a chapel, many shrines… its a UNESCO site.

  • I was in deep prayer once and I swear I heard one word almost out loud:Kauai

  • Anonymous

    So there is the topic; keep praying!

  • I went to visit Franciszkańska street last month, where JPII would stay in Cracow, and Card. Dziwisz just happened to be there outside a doorway. We spoke for a couple of minutes. It was quite a blessing. The embarrassed security guy was also nice and just as inquisitive. 🙂

  • Michael Demers

    Just go to Poland, anywhere in Poland and let the Spirit lead you.

  • Czestochowa! Go on the pilgrimage organized by the Dominicans from Krakow =]

  • I guess that was a clear verdict on Medjugorje 🙂

  • My spiritual director just returned from Poland. His shoes are scuffed from being on his knees in reverence and devotion before Our Lady of Czestochowa and that the entire experience there was amazing.

  • Marcin

    Hi there, greetings from Nałęczów & Lublin, Poland. Come and visit us sometime!

  • You know very well all you have to do is drop the M word on a Catholic blog to have it light up with comments pro & con. Very clever 🙂

  • That's very cool. In my second year in the seminary, I had a similar experience praying before a Tabernacle, which caused me (after further discernment over a novena of Sundays) to change to my home diocese. I've never looked back.

  • St. Faustina , the Secretary of Divine Mercy, is awesome. The teaching is very accessible and comforting and best of all it's tested and approved by the Holy See. JP II was the Archbishop who lifted the ban on the chaplet, then as Pope canonized Faustina, instituted Divine Mercy Sunday and died on the eve of the Feast. The fruits are all positive. The seer was a faithful humble nun (who writes many times about the role critical role of obedience which was reinforced by the visions). It's all upside in Poland , with no controversy. Consider going there. I for one would like to see the memorial to St Max Kolbe as well. I find his story very compelling. In any case continue to pray, it can only do you good. Further Poland itself has undergone a passion and resurrection that is analogous to Christs. After 40 years of suffering we see a great renewal of faith and an abundance of vocations.

  • I have a spare bed 🙂 (or two, if you come when my flatmate is away)

  • I think Poland is a great idea!My Protestant cousin and husband with NO POLISH ancestry or love of cabbage took a trip there to go skiing. They have travelled the world, and it's Poland they want to go back to visit.Who'd have thought?Please post pictures.Ooodles of happy Kielbasa smiles.Say a great 'Hello" to St. Faustina for me.

  • BTW, on the heels of Rep. Weiner's recent news, I really ment Kielbasa, and any other fabulous dish, and not a double entandre. I wish I could fly over there too!