One of the biggest things I've been personally doing to prepare for the journey is reading Jason Evert's "Saint John Paul the Great: His Five Loves". It's an incredible book detailing the life of JPII from his beginnings all the way to the end of his life. In addition, Jason Evert talks about JPII's five loves: young people, human love, the Blessed Sacrament, the Virgin Mary, and the Cross. It's a very endearing book and really helped me get to know this truly beloved Pope and modern Saint of the Church. After reading this, I have become increasingly excited about visiting his home and the area that he would have lived, worked, and eventually pastored his people.
|Jason Evert's book, His Five Loves|
I am absolutely thrilled to be going to Poland: not only because it's a place I've never been, but because of the holiness that radiates from it. Numerous saints have walked those grounds and the world has never been the same because of that. I know that this trip is going to be one filled with grace and blessings and opportunities to grow. With that in mind, I am not placing any expectations as I know that everything I experience and receive will be a blessing in itself - so I'm open to just going and seeing it all!