Fr John writes
In my last post I promised to pray for you all at the Divine Mercy Shrine, which is just outside Krakow, where I was on retreat with a number of other priests and lay people. Just to re-assure you: I kept my promise. It was a marvellous retreat, and the Shrine is a marvellous place. I was very glad to have been guided by our Retreat Director, Mgr Keith Barltrop, in to a much deeper appreciation of devotion to Divine Mercy, based on the revelations of Jesus to St Faustina. I hope that I have come away trusting more in Jesus and ready to help others to do the same; that having a greater awareness of, and gratitude for ,the Lord's infinite mercy, I will be more merciful towards others. During the retreat we were also able to visit the home town of St John Paul II, Wadowice, and celebrate Mass in the church of his baptism. You were all remembered in prayer. Visits to Auschwitz and Birkenau were made too. At these places of horror, "In silence, we bow our heads before the endless line of those who suffered and were put to death here; yet our silence becomes in turn a plea for forgiveness and reconciliation, a plea to the living God never to let this happen again" (Pope Benedict XVI). Through the intercession of Ss Maximilian Kolbe and St Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, may this indeed be so.