“Karol Wojtyła, Pope John Paul II, was once a guy whose existence used to be the expression of a richly textured and multidimensional soul. the numerous layers of that soul took on their first, mature shape in Kraków.” – George Weigel
In this superbly illustrated religious travelogue, New York occasions bestselling writer George Weigel leads readers during the old streets of Kraków, Poland, introducing one of many world’s nice towns in the course of the lifetime of the most influential Catholic leaders of all time.
“To persist with Karol Wojtyła via Kraków is to stick to an itinerary of sanctity whereas studying the tale of a city.” Weigel writes. “Thus, in what follows, the tale of Karol Wojtyła, St. John Paul II, and the tale of Kraków are interwoven in a chronological pilgrimage during the lifetime of a saint that unearths, whilst, the dramatic heritage and majestic tradition of a urban the place a boy grew right into a guy, priest, a bishop—and an apostle to the world.”
With beautiful images through Stephen Weigel and notes at the city’s striking cloth by way of Carrie Gress, City of Saints deals an in-depth examine a guy and a urban that made an indelible effect at the lifestyles and regarded the Catholic Church and the twenty first century world.
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I want what has been conceived and born of the Holy Spirit to be proven anew in the course of the go and Resurrection of our Lord Jesus Christ, within which our fellow-countryman St. Stanisław shared in a distinct means. let me, hence, just like the bishop at affirmation, to copy at the present time the apostolic gesture of the laying on of palms. For it expresses the acceptation and transmission of the Holy Spirit, whom the Apostles got from Christ himself after his Resurrection, while, “the doorways being close” (John 20:19), he got here and stated to them: “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22). This Spirit, the Spirit of salvation, of redemption, of conversion and holiness, the Spirit of fact, of affection and of fortitude, the Spirit inherited from the Apostles as a residing strength, used to be time after time transmitted at the hands of the bishops to complete generations within the land of Poland. This Spirit, whom the bishop who got here from Szczepanów transmitted to the folk of his time, I at the present time desire to transmit to you, as I include with all my middle but with deep humility the nice “Confirmation of heritage” that you're residing. I repeat for this reason the phrases of Christ himself: “Receive the Holy Spirit” (John 20:22). I repeat the phrases of the Apostle: “Do now not quench the Spirit” (1 Thessalonians 5:19). I repeat the phrases of the Apostle: “Do no longer grieve the Holy Spirit” (Ephesians 4:30). you need to be powerful, expensive brothers and sisters. you want to be powerful with the energy that comes from religion. you need to be robust with the energy of religion. you need to be trustworthy. this day, greater than in the other age, you wish this power. you want to be robust with the power of wish, wish that brings the right pleasure of existence and doesn't let us grieve the Holy Spirit. you want to be robust with love, that's superior than demise. you want to be robust with the affection that: “is sufferer and kind;…is no longer jealous or boastful;…is now not conceited or rude…does no longer insist by itself way;…is now not irritable or resentful;…does now not celebrate at unsuitable, yet rejoices within the right…bears all issues, believes all issues, hopes all issues, endures all issues. Love by no means ends (1 Corinthians 13:4–8). you need to be powerful with the energy of religion, wish and charity, a charity that's conscious, mature and accountable and is helping us to establish the good discussion with guy and the area rooted within the discussion with God himself, with the daddy in the course of the Son within the Holy Spirit, the discussion of salvation. and eventually, he begged his humans to stay actual to the present they'd been given: And so, sooner than I go away you, I desire to provide yet one more examine Kraków, this Kraków within which each stone and each brick is pricey to me. and that i glance once again on my Poland. So, sooner than going away, i encourage you once more to just accept the complete of the non secular legacy that is going through the identify of “Poland,” with the religion, wish and charity that Christ poured into us at our holy Baptism. i encourage you —never lose your belief, don't be defeated, don't be discouraged; —do no longer by yourself minimize yourselves off from the roots from which we had our origins.