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7 of 10 for me ="You are an Expert! You've probably spent
too much time in buildings like these..." (Is that an accusation...?)
Well...we did visit a couple corners in Krakow, Poland 2014.
There are many places in Poland that have been restored to former glory, renovated or updated, nonetheless, markers from violent wars and unbelievable strife still remain.
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It was a short excursion and my impressions of Poland from this visit are limited.St John Paul the Great, so many of his followers and gifted Polish scholars explain Poland infinitely better than I ever will.
Any "generalizations" that I offer are subject to deeper reflection and scrutiny. My photographs are a way to show what I could never put into writing as a picture says a thousand words.
Let 's look at the Contemporary Shrine of Divine Mercy located outside Krakow. What is one to think? My interpretation:
Inside the Church
All of the stained glass windows depict waves that surround the ship symbolizing that we are pilgrim people on a voyage.
You see the winds (white sculpted shapes) that swirl around the tabernacle. The "bush tossed by strong winds, symbolizes the modern world or man confused by different currents of opinion. Within the bush above the tabernacle stands the image of Merciful Jesus".
The Divine Mercy Shrine "compound" is a combination of "Old Town" tradition and 20th century construction. About the actual Divine Mercy Shrine one might say, "I really don't like this or that...modern or contemporary- it's not my taste" and whatever else. Let's be careful not to write it all off.
What's in your airport? Here is what is in Poland's main airport.
"Human life is sacred and inviolable at every moment of existence, including the initial phase which precedes birth. All human beings, from their mothers' womb, belong to God who searches them and knows them, who forms them and knits them together with his own hands, who gazes on them when they are tiny shapeless embryos and already sees in them the adults of tomorrow whose days are numbered and whose vocation is even now written in the 'book of life' (cf. Ps 139: 1, 13-16). There too, when they are still in their mothers' womb-as many passages of the Bible bear witness 60-they are the personal objects of God's loving and fatherly providence."
IOANNES PAULUS PP. II EVANGELIUM VITAE
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