Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, Archbishop of Krakow, delivered a sermon on Saturday at Jasna Góra. He called for assertiveness towards threats “which would disturb our spiritual and personal life, the life of our nation and its future”. The clergyman also spoke about freedom, inter alia, in the context of the right to life of unborn children.
According to the press office of the Częstochowa shrine “Jasna Góra News”, Archbishop Marek Jędraszewski, the Archbishop of Krakow, presided over the mass attended by the participants of the 40th Highlander Pilgrimage, which reached Jasna Góra on Saturday. Almost 500 pilgrims traveled from Podhale under the slogan “Called to Freedom”. Archbishop Jędraszewski referred to the motto of the pilgrimage in his homily, pointing out that freedom is a great treasure, which also entails the task of defending it.
– It is a great dignity of a man who is able to do his best for freedom. Hence the joy that is here between us. God’s joy of God’s children requires at the same time that by defending this joy in ourselves and proclaiming this joy to others, we should be able to be, if necessary – in the modern language – assertive, saying unambiguously “no” to any threats that would disturb our spiritual and personal life, life of our nation and its future – said the archbishop, quoted by the press office of Jasna Góra.
– For this wisdom, to discern the contemporary world, for this bravery to remain in freedom and to be able to sacrifice ourselves for it, we ask today our Mother and Queen – he added.
Archbishop Jędraszewski: you have to know the stakes of freedom
The metropolitan of Krakow also referred to freedom in the context of the right to life of unborn children. – You need to know the stakes of freedom, and it is the right to life of unborn children or the love of a woman and a man. She is very demolished. As free people, let’s say “no” to all the opposites of this world that want to influence our spiritual life – argued the archbishop.
– The world with Christ will be more reasonable. You, people of the mountains, understand this very well – he addressed the highlanders, wishing pilgrims to be able to defend the divine joy resulting from properly interpreted and lived freedom.
Pilgrimages to Jasna Góra Monastery
The first walking pilgrimage from Podhale to Jasna Góra started from Bachledówka on August 19, 1982 – during martial law, in the 600th anniversary of Jasna Góra. From the third pilgrimage, the group from Bachledówka was joined by a group from Nowy Targ, and the following year from Rabka. From 1991, Orawians also joined the common highlander pilgrimage.
Last year, due to the pandemic, the pilgrimage was primarily spiritual – only the head of a highlander group with a modest delegation, as well as individual pilgrim families came to Jasna Góra.
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