For both the Jews require signs, and the Greeks seek after wisdom: But we preach Christ crucified, unto the Jews indeed a stumbling block, and unto the Gentiles foolishness: But unto them that are called, both Jews and Greeks, Christ the power of God, and the wisdom of God. For the foolishness of God is wiser than men; and the weakness of God is stronger than men. (1 Cor 22-25)
|Devotion at Mogila|
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The hips are covered by a piece of golden, embroidered material. This is the votive of the nobleman Żółtowski for being saved from the massacre made by the Turks in the battle of Cecora in 1620. Over the centuries people, being thankful for the graces and miracles, brought numerous gifts, later robbed by the Tatars, Swedes and Austrians. The ones we can see today have been brought recently by the grateful worshipers of the Mogilian Jesus. The monastery chronicles and stories tell about the exceptional graces and miracles experienced by the pilgrims.
This crucifix has the largest devotion in Poland. You can actually see where the marble is worn out in the floor around the crucifix from people crawling on their knees around it. After Mass was over I was able to spend some time praying before the spectacular image, and I would consider this similar to Czestochowa in terms of spiritual experience. There was more to this than a striking crucifix, it was as if Christ was looking at you from His half closed eyes. As my pilgrimage comes closer to its end, this is yet another theological, spiritual lesson, Christ crucified. Everything about our faith revolves around His Sacrifice for us. This is of course not to minimize His resurrection, but that we may know that there is no salvation without His Holy, Perfect, Sacrifice.
I am convinced that if I could bring this image to my mind whenever bad thoughts come up, that it would be a safeguard against acting contrary to the will of God. This is why the Church has always valued the presence of the crucifix in our churches and in our homes. Every room in our homes should have a crucifix of some kind to remind us of our obligation to love God above all things. This crucifix at Mogila inspires the heart and lifts it up to God in order to conform it to His own. I consider this another important and inspiring part of my pilgrimage journey here in Poland.
|Across from the abbey, church dedicated to Saint Bartholomew 1466|
|Blessed Virgin with St. Kolbe|
|Skalka from the back side|
|Isn't she lovely?|
|Getting another picture from the other side.|
|Turning around for one more. Where did she go?|