From Tension To Tranquility
God added: “This is the sign that I am giving for all ages to come, of the Covenant between Me and you and every living creature with you: I set My bow in the clouds to serve as a sign of the Covenant between Me and the Earth … as the bow appears in the clouds, I will see it and recall the everlasting Covenant that I have established between God and All Living Beings … all Mortal Creatures that are on Earth.”
— Genesis 9:12-16
It was tough getting up this morning, 5 AM came very early. A couple cups of coffee and we could at least find the shower and the cold water revived us. Today was special, were are going to mass at the Church of St. John the Baptist and St. John the Evangelist and our dear friend Fr. Tomasz is presiding. All the time we have known him, we have never been able to attend mass where he was the celebrant.
This 6:30 AM mass he does every day for the Sisters of the Presentation, and today they invited us, and they were treating us to breakfast after mass. This is where the second box of candy gets dropped off. We have been to mass with the Sisters at the Archbishop’s Palace last year at the chapel where St. John Paul II was ordained and Cardinal Dziwisz had invited us and presided. That was 6:30 AM too, they get going early here.
Walking the Old Town of Krakow at 6 AM is very peaceful and it took about 15 minutes to get to the church. This beautiful little church holds the treasure of the Miraculous Image of Our Lady of Grace. The first miracle was in 1633 when She freed a prisoner from his chains after he prayed to Her and numerous others have happened thru the years by Our Lady’s intercession, so we offered up mass for all the intentions we carry.
When we arrived the Sisters were praying and singing hymns and their morning prayers so we knelt and prayed and at the beginning of mass, Fr. Tomasz and a con-celebrant knelt before the altar and we all knelt as they led a series of prayers as the Madonna was slowly unveiled. It was very reverent and a beautiful way to begin your day with Mary, Our Mother.
Today at communion we were blessed with being able to receive the Precious Blood of Jesus as Fr. Tomasz tinctured the Host in to a small chalice and we all received. This is the first time in Poland and our entire trip that we have received Jesus in both species and we do miss it.
Breakfast was in a private dining and one of the Sisters took care of everything. They had a wide assortment of food so after Father said grace we all chowed down and talked and laughed as we caught up on many things. There will be no eating until tonight as we were pleasantly full and so happy to be together with our friend.
We walked back together to the Palace were Fr. Tomasz works in his new role as Chancellor of the Archdiocese of Krakow. We made plans for Wednesday’s night dinner and after lots of hugs and kisses he went to work and we talked about going back to bed.
We decided that today would be hamburger day and we would cook here and spend the day and night in doing laundry, catching up on trip reports and maybe even a nap, but that didn’t happen….we needed to go shopping in order to pull this off, so we did, and getting back into town was slow, so it took over an hour for the trip. We were now completely exhausted, but still managed to type, cook and do laundry… Susan was around somewhere.
We accomplished what we had to and even watched a little TV. I called the maintenance man because the TV in the bedroom wasn’t working and he came around 7:30. I half laid on the bed as he did something and got it working. I thanked him and went in to check it out so I laid down and that’s all I remember until the morning, almost 12 hours later.
May God Bless Each and Every One Of You!
Tom & Susan Melillo
Palm Beach Gardens, FL 33418 (USA)
Dear God, You are my source, my goal. I surrender all that transpires in my life to Your Loving Providence. Thank You for allowing Your Blessed Mother to take me by the hand into your Divine will. Remember me kindly when I stumble, for You are kindness. Place me, gently, into the caldron of incense that perfumes Your Divine Love. You, alone, are Holy. Blessed be God Forever.