Saturday, August 24, 2019

Poland 3: Warsaw to Czestochowa to Zakopane

by Steve Ray on August 24, 2019

Today we say goodbye to Warsaw as we travel south to Czestochowa where we had Mass (homily here) and where we saw the famous “Black Madonna“.

We had lunch and walked around the grounds a bit before boarding the bus again and heading further south to the border between Poland and Slovakia into the mountains of Zakopane. This is where St. John Paul II would spend his vacations, go skiing, camping and hiking. We have a beautiful hotel and are all settled in for the night.


Vine, Branches & Fire: Where Will You End up?

by Steve Ray on August 24, 2019

One has to take time to care for their land and awhile ago I was cutting wild vines out of the trees and thought of the words of Jesus in John 15:5–6, “I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in me, and I in him, he it is that bears much fruit, for apart from me you can do nothing.  If a man does not abide in me, he is cast forth as a branch and withers; and the branches are gathered, thrown into the fire and burned.