Jesuit, priest, comic artist, youth chaplain in Opole runs a blog, which has already been used by many people for meditation prayer inspired by the image. Father Przemysław Wysogląd SJ, apart from philosophy and theology, studied the spirituality of the Christian East. He is the author of the award-winning comic book "Kostka" about the life of St. Stanislaus Kostka SJ and numerous illustrations. He also creates religious paintings, which, together with a short commentary, he places on his artistic blog.
According to the tradition, on the weekend after the Solemnity of All Saints, the 38th Ignatian Spirituality Course was held in Częstochowa. The theme of this year's meeting was "Different ways of praying according to St. Ignatius Loyola". Fathers Robert Grzywacz, Artur Wenner and Dariusz Piórkowski discussed the three ways of prayer proposed by Father Ignatius in the booklet of Spiritual Exercises. Father Jacek Poznański talked about the so-called 'requests for grace' in the retreats, and Father Wacław Królikowski presented the role and meaning of 'Concluding conversation in meditations and contemplations ĆD'. The texts of the deliberations will probably be printed in a post-competition publication. The course was attended by 65 people. Half of them were Scholastics from Cracow and Warsaw, as well as spiritual directors assisting in Ignatian retreats, CLC members and other people who wanted to deepen their knowledge about Ignatian spirituality. The Sunday morning was an opportunity to celebrate the 40th anniversary of Father Józef Augustyn's scientific, retreat and writing work. Father Wacław Królikowski presented the jubilee book of Father J. Augustine, and then the jubilarian himself spoke about it: "Spiritual Exercises in the face of the challenges of the modern Church. Diagnosis and perspectives".
In November this year there are 25 years since the first materials of the Correspondence Bible Course were published in the Jesuit Publishing House WAM. From the beginning the course has been run by Fr Zbigniew Marek SJ The course itself is aimed at helping to better understand the content of God's revelation. The addressees of the course are interested in the Bible and its place in the life of a Christian. Participation in the course consists in reading the books of Scripture indicated in the course materials. The materials contain introductions and comments necessary for this reading, which help to understand the faith of the Church more fully. The course materials are available in both paper and electronic versions. About 10,000 participants have benefited from the course so far. Among the participants there are doctors, lawyers, customs officers, policemen, prison guards and prisoners themselves. One of our confreres also took part in it before joining us today! Representatives of other Christian denominations also took part in the course. It is also worth mentioning that in cooperation with the participants of the Correspondence Biblical Course and on the basis of their statements, three scientific papers have been prepared and published.
The Polish editors of Pray as you go prepared unusual arrangements of the rosary prayer. Part 1, Joyous Mysteries #roadway The main association to the arrangement of these mysteries is a typically pilgrimage line-up, i.e. vocal and guitar. It is about conveying simplicity through a modest cast, which in combination gives a dozen rosaries, which are very easily recited on the way. Part 2, Luminous Mysteries #intimacy Jazz Quartet is a rather unusual idea for prayer, but introducing an incredibly intimate atmosphere, which manifests itself in the vocalist's very precise treatment of the text and melody, the rhythmic cooperation of drums and bass and the harmonies of the piano that fill it all. This set of non-accidental people naturally led to the creation of a kind of story, which is supposed to bring us closer to a better experience of these mysteries. Part 3, Sorrowful Mysteries #reflection The three-voice male choir with a soloist singing in the church immediately evokes associations with the medieval Gregorian chant or organum period in music. These mysteries are intended to stimulate reflection on the time of prayer. Sorrowful mysteries are the longest of all, because the message they contain must resound, and this takes time. Part 4, Glorious Mysteries #area After the Resurrection, God opened Heaven for people, creating a place and space for them to live together in God's Love and Glory. The musical arrangement of praiseworthy mysteries through the classical saxophone quartet and vocalism was to illustrate in a way this space, which in no way absorbs, but invites to contemplate God's Love.
Bishop George Lungu, President of the Zambia Episcopal Conference has been awarded the statuette "Heart without borders" for his services to the mission, during the ceremony crowning the XI Days of Cardinal Adam Kozłowiecki SJ, which took place on 30 September at Huta Komorowska . The ceremony dedicated to the great missionary of Africa Cardinal Adam Kozłowiecki SJ began with the Holy Mass celebrated in the place of his birth, where the museum is now located in the reconstructed part of the family palace. The Eucharist was presided over by Bishop George Lungu. It was concelebrated by Bishop Krzysztof Nitkiewicz, Bishop Edward Frankowski and numerous priests. The common prayer was attended by representatives of local authorities, management and friends of the "Heart without borders" Foundation, sister Regina Mulenga, director of the Cardinal Kozłowiecki Hospital in Lusaka and the Sisters of the Old Town Sisters who serve in the orphanage in Kasisi, Zambia. Bishop Krzysztof Nitkiewicz thanked for cultivating the memory of Cardinal Kozłowiecki, who shows invariably what every Christian should be, let alone a priest. At the same time he expressed the hope that among the priests of the Diocese of Sandomierz there will be people willing to work in Africa. The homily was delivered by Father Jakub Kołacz SJ, PME Provincial, who pointed out that one of the characteristics of Cardinal Kozłowiecki was the ability to throw out from the heart the injuries resulting from the humiliation and wounds suffered and the ability to joyfully and gratefully live out his vocation at every stage of his life. "Cardinal Adam Kozłowiecki was a perfect example of how, after experiencing the enormity of evil and suffering, to be able to look cheerfully at life and enjoy every moment of his life. He is also able to convey this enthusiasm and joy to others. Already after his cardinal appointment, he often repeated that there was nothing great in him, not even growth. He constantly thanked God for what he had and for the good that could be done through human hands," said Fr. Kołacz. At the end of the Holy Mass, the President of the Zambian Episcopal Conference stressed that the person of the outstanding missionary brought Zambia and Poland closer together. "Cardinal Adam Kozłowiecki was a great friend of poor people and devoted his life to them. Zambia appreciates this very much. Monuments are often erected to great people. The commemoration of Cardinal Kozłowiecki is a hospital named after him, which operates thanks to the openness of many people's hearts," emphasized Bishop George Lungu.
On September 6, Zakopane changed into a field game inspired by the life and spirituality of St. Stanislaus Kostka. Jesuit pastoral ministries from different parts of Poland - Lublin, Wrocław, Opole, Łódź, Warsaw, Toruń and Gdańsk attended the game. Playing together showed that getting to know the lives of saints does not have to be boring at all! 15 teams - each with a name inspired by Jesuit spirituality and history (treated seriously or jokingly, e.g. "Eternal Cassata", "It depends") - competed for the largest possible number of silver coins and pictures symbolizing the mastery of various skills and spiritual "fitness" of the first Polish Jesuit. Tasks? Very diverse: from building towers with.... trekking poles (which, moreover, had to keep a book on themselves for half a minute so that it would not be so simple), through counting angels in the Church of the Holy Family, inspired by a legend of Holy Communion given to Saint Stanislaus by heavenly messengers, to street probes. The participants, of whom there were 160 in total, had to demonstrate not only their knowledge of the lives of Jesuit saints and their most famous quotations, but above all their creativity and perceptiveness. Sometimes they also had to be quite well trained, because they could fit in 8 people on a newspaper - folded several times! - required Twister-style basses. A very interesting experience was also the question of passers-by about what holiness means to them. The answers were often very surprising (as well as the question itself). - Holiness is normality! - one of the respondents answered with conviction. Finally, at 16:00 all teams met in the Jesuit church on Górka in Zakopane. First a Holy Mass was celebrated there, and afterwards the winners were announced. The first place went to "Los Loyolos", who boasted the highest number of collected coins, for which they received, among others, books and lots of sweets. Holiness does not rule out sweetness at all! A conference devoted to the life of St. Stanislaus Kostka was also delivered there. The day ended with a huge barbecue, where sausages and oscypek were abundant. A great opportunity for integration and further common fun. Summarising: 160 participants, 15 teams ready to act, the same number of demanding tasks and Jesuit ministries from all over Poland - this is the recipe for a really great day spent on discovering spiritual treasures left to us by the patron saint of youth. After all, nobody said that getting to know the lives of saints is boredom!