On the night from March 24th to 25th, 2017, in Lublin took place Extreme Stations of the Cross organized by the religious student group of the Catholic University of Lublin under the direction of Rev. Jacek Wiosna Stryczek and Canon Rev. Mirosław Ładniak. Four people from the John Paul II Foundation participated in the Stations of the Cross. We started our long night pilgrimage with a Mass at the Lublin’s Archdiocese. Bishop Mieczysław Cisło celebrated the Mass and blessed over two thousands attendees. After the Eucharist, we set off for the Stations of the Cross leading to Basilica of St. Adalbert in Wąwolnica. On the way, we were contemplating the Mystery of the Passion of Christ stopping at the fourteen stations of the Stations of the Cross. Holding in our hands a cross and a flashlight we went for more than 40 kilometers. We took a truly extreme route – through small villages, fields, forests, muddy and rocky paths. It was a time of meditation, silence and struggling with our own weaknesses. Despite the fatigue and paid in our feet, we went with Christ to the end. We understood and experienced a lot…
A flashlight is a crucial item which we need while walking through a dark night. This irreplaceable item not only provides a light for our path on which we are stepping, but also allows us to avoid all kinds of dangers and barriers: mud, holes, bushes, cliffs. When we see a light on our feet which lightens the ground, we are calm and we feel safe. During a night trip it may happen that the flashlight will break down and will not be working and then what? How we will move forward and not to deviate from the right path? The only solution at this difficult time is to raise your eyes and look around. During each trip we are not alone. People holding in their hands flashlights will be walking in the distance or not so far from us. Small light will indicate where we should go to reach the destination.
Faith is such a flashlight that provides a light for our path. Faith is a crucial signpost which gives you a sense of security, leading you to the right goal. Thanks to faith, we can bypass temptations, weaknesses and traps which we often face in our lives. At some point we can experience a crisis or lack of faith, thus we should look around. We are surrounded by people who give testimonies of their faith: lay people, nuns, priests, monks, and numerous saints. Guided by their light, we can keep going. On our path of life we always need a companion, a guide. Jesus Christ is the best Companion and Guide. Only united with Him in faith, hope and love we can reach the ultimate goal of holiness.