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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!

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