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In the Footsteps of the Saints


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The SimplePilgrim follows in the
Footsteps of the Saints


There are many Saints who can both inspire and teach us, and St. Therese of Lisieux is right up there. I don't suppose that she was made a Doctor of the Church for nothing! The first time that I read her autobiography, I was astonished at her closeness to Jesus, and amazed at how someone so young, could be so wise.

An Itinerary that I have used for “In the Footsteps of St. Therese of Lisieux” can be found in the 'organised pilgrimages' section, but this can be adapted. You may wish to stay in Lisieux itself, for example, although the Benedictine Nuns at Bayeaux, made us very welcome, and we saw some interesting countryside on our travels.

There are endless possibilities for learning more about the lives of our saints by visiting the places where they lived and prayed. Below, for examples, is an itinerary for visiting Poland to find out about the Polish Saints, Maximilian Kolbe, Faustina Kowalska and John Paul II.

Thinking of our present Pope, a visit to Assisi to find out about St Francis is an interesting possibility, or maybe you would like to find out more about St Paul. I hope to publish soon an itinerary for an organised pilgrimage "in the footsteps of St Benedict", led by one of the Downside monks. The choice is yours.

Sample Itinerary: In the Footsteps of the Polish Saints.

Day 1: Arrival in Warsaw and transfer to hotel.

Day 2: Travel to Zakopane. Sightseeing including: Jaszczurowka, Peksowy Brzyzek, Villa Atma. Mass at Krzeptowki (Sanctuary of Our Lady of Fatima). Cable railway to the top of the Gubalowka and walking down through a passage. Return to Zakopane.

Day 3: Travel to Sromowce Wyzne. Rafting down the Dunajec River, through the Pieninski National Park. Lunch in Szczawnica. Visit the wooden Gothic Church in Debno Podhalanskie with Mass inside, weather permitting. Travel to hotel in Krakow.

Day 4: Guided tour of Krakow including Old Town, Town Hall, Collegium Maius, Cloth Hall and St Mary's Church. Mass in St. Leonard's Crypt. Afternoon visit of the former Jewish Quarter (Kazimierz).

Day 5: Auschwitz-Birkenau Museum and guided tour of the former concentration camp. Afternoon free time in Krakow.

Day 6: Travel to Wieliczka and guided tour of the salt mines. Potential for a Mass in the mine. Dinner in Wieliczka before returning to Krakow.

Day 7: Departure to Lagiewniki to see the Monastery, including the Sanctuary of Divine Mercy, where St Faustina Kowalska lived and died. Travel to Wadowice to visit Pope John Paul II's home and church. Travel to Kalwaria Zebrzydowska to visit the Bernardine Monastery. Return to Krakow.

Day 8: Travel to Czestochowa. Guided tour of the Jasna Gora Monastery, where the Black Madonna may be found. Mass in the Sanctuary before returning to Krakow.

Day 9: Transfer to the airport and departure from Poland.