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Out of the three Abrahamic religions only Christians escape bodily mutilations
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God is truth, and whoever seeks the truth is seeking God, whether it is clear to him/her or not
„Gott ist die Wahrheit. Wer die Wahrheit sucht, der sucht Gott, ob es ihm klar ist oder nicht.“ „Bóg jest prawdą. Kto szuka prawdy, ten szuka Boga, czy to jest dla niego jasne, czy też nie." "God is truth, and whoever seeks the truth is seeking God, whether it is clear to him/her or not." Edith Stein, O.C.D.: Brief / List / Letter  3/23/1938 an / do / to s. Adelgundis Jaegerschmid

Once God was sought in this place - here today, people are looking for contact with God, whom they already know
Until the first half of 9th century Sleza played a role of the pagan cult centre of the Slezans tribe despite the fact that from the times of Mieszko I (acceptance of Christianity by Slavic tribes) Christianity has been developing. It was a normal phenomenon in Silesia in the 10th century and at the beginning of the 11th century that pagan and Christian religions coexisted. Not till the times of Kazimierz the Restorer (first half of the 11th century) an attempt to eliminate "The capital of paganism" - the cult centre on Sleza was made. Despite all the activities carried out to achieve this goal, Sleza continued to be a sanctity and still focused elements of the ancient faith. The most significant testimony of this are the words of Thietmar from Merseburg, bishop and chronicler, who says about Sleza: "This mountain was worshipped by all the townsmen for the reason of its enormity and its destiny as accursed pagan rituals were carried out over there". The relics of pagan worships in the region of Sleza mountain until the half of 19th century were fires during the St. John's night considered immoral and prohibited by the German colonial authorities. In the 21st century observers of the ancient tradition are freed from guilt by bells of the sanctuary of Sancta Mater Boni Consilii et Sapientiae Cordis (Our Lady of Good Counsel and Wisdom of the Heart Slezan Sanctuary) in Sulistrowiczki located in the saddle between Sleza and Radunia. The church bells magnify eternal magic of Sleza Mountain, Mt Olympus of the Middle Europe. The founder of the sancturary, Fr prelate dr Ryszard Staszak referred to the glorious pagan pre-history and history of the Sleza Massif: "Once God was sought in this place - here today, people are looking for contact with God, whom they already know". Polish Silesian Sleza Mountain, Mt Olympus of the Middle Europe
Fr prof. dr Czeslaw Bartnik wrote: "Sensitivity to transcendent values and detachment proper to the sacrum, by individuals and whole social groups, best expresses their religiosity. In the Polish society this religiosity was Christian for over a thousand years, but it also contains many elements of ancient Slavic culture. Throughout subsequent epochs the Christian understanding of God, forms of worship, sacraments, structures of the church and saints, as well as norms of life, pervaded the culture of inhabitants of the Polish Crown, and subsequently of the Polish-Lithuanian Commonwealth and of the Second Polish Republic. Christianity, in constant touch with the culture of Slavs living in the area between the Oder and the Dnieper and between the Baltic Sea and the Carpathians, enriched it with something new that became a principle of growth without destroying what was precious and proper." in BASIC ELEMENTS OF POLISH RELIGIOSITY by Fr prof. dr Czeslaw Bartnik  a professor at the Catholic University of Lublin  full text here.

Alexander the Great riding East on his horse Bucephalus by Evangelos Moustakas, 1974, New Waterfront Promenade, Nea Paralia, Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece. Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat
Alexander the Great riding East on his horse Bucephalus by Evangelos Moustakas, 1974, New Waterfront Promenade, Nea Paralia, Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece. Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat

Why does the book of John include the story of the Greeks (converts to Judaism) wanting to see Jesus?

Jesus Enters Jerusalem Like a King
12 The next day the people in Jerusalem heard that Jesus was coming there. These were the crowds of people who had come to the Passover festival. 13 They took branches of palm trees and went out to meet Jesus. They shouted, “‘Hosanna [Praise] Him!’  ‘Welcome! God bless the one who comes in the name of the Lord!’ God bless the King of Israel!” 14 Jesus found a donkey and rode on it, as the Scriptures say, 15 “Do not be afraid, people of Zion! Look! Your king is coming. He is riding on a young donkey.” 16 The followers of Jesus did not understand at that time what was happening. But after he was raised to glory, they understood that this was written about him. Then they remembered that they had done these things for him. 17 There were many people with Jesus when he raised Lazarus from death and told him to come out of the tomb. Now they were telling others about what Jesus did. 18 That’s why so many people went out to meet him—because they had heard about this miraculous sign he did. 19 So the Pharisees said to each other, “Look! Our plan is not working. The people are all following him!”
Jesus Talks About Life and Death
20 There were some Greeks there too. These were some of the people who went to Jerusalem to worship at the Passover festival. 21 They went to Philip, who was from Bethsaida in Galilee. They said, “Sir, we want to meet Jesus.” 22 Philip went and told Andrew. Then Andrew and Philip went and told Jesus. 23 Jesus said to them, “The time has come for the Son of Man to receive his glory. 24 It is a fact that a grain of wheat must fall to the ground and die before it can grow and produce much more wheat. If it never dies, it will never be more than a single seed. 25 Whoever loves the life they have now will lose it. But whoever is willing to give up their life in this world will keep it. They will have eternal life. 26 Whoever serves me must follow me. My servants must be with me everywhere I am. My Father will give honor to anyone who serves me.  John 12:12-19

The Greeks opposed bodily mutilations.
Greek writers, such as Strabo (b.64 B.C.) and Diodorus Siculus (first century B.C., horrified their readers with accounts of the genital mutilation practices of various primitive, sometimes cave-dwelling tribes living around the Red Sea, as well as those of the Hebrews and Egyptians. While some of these tribes amputated only the prepuce, others amputated the glans, and still others amputated the entire penis. Strabo also provides a secular account of the origin of circumcision among the Hebrews. He writes that they are partly descended from Egyptians who left their homeland to follow an apostate priest named Moses, who was displeased with the state of affairs in Egypt and sought to worship his "Divine Being" divorced from animal imagery. Moses led his followers to Judaea and established an autocratic theocracy at what is now Jerusalem:
His [Moses'] successors for some time abided by the same course, acting righteously and being truly pious toward God; but afterwards, in the first place, superstitious men were appointed to the priesthood, and then tyrannical people; and from superstition arose abstinence from flesh, from which it is their custom to abstain even to-day, and circumcisions and excisions [of females] and other observances of the kind.
Strabo's statement that the Hebrew priesthood imposed male and female circumcision for tyrannical and superstitious reasons supports Wilhelm Reich's theory of circumcision as a mechanism of social control. Additionally, these Greek accounts of the bodily mutilations practiced by some primitive Near Eastern tribes underscore the association between circumcision and more severe penile mutilations. They also highlight the association between the circumcised penis (and, therefore, the exposed glans) and the linked concepts of primitiveness, barbarity, backwardness, superstition, and oppression. Frederick M. Hodges, The Bulletin Of The History Of Medicine, Volume 75: Pages 375–405, Fall 2001.

Alexander the Great conquered the Middle East in the 4th century B.C. and in the following centuries ancient Greek cultures and values came to the Middle East. The Greeks abhorred circumcision, making life for circumcised Jews living among the Greeks (and later the Romans) very difficult. Antiochus Epiphanes outlawed circumcision, as did Hadrian, which helped cause the Bar Kokhba revolt.

Greece is known as the cradle of democracy, the birthplace of European civilization. Greek pagans seekimg the truth were seeking God, although it wasn't clear to them. Ever since Saint Paul the Apostle preached the word of God in Macedonia 50 A.D. the Greeks, and gradually other Europeans are looking for contact with God, whom they already know. God Omnipotent who is the Lord and Master of time demands respect for moral, psychological, and physical integrity of His creation. Hatred, slavery, bodily mutilations still manace most of non-European civilizations.

Paul Is Called to Macedonia
6 Paul and those with him went through the areas of Phrygia and Galatia because the Holy Spirit did not allow them to tell the Good News in the province of Asia. 7 When they reached the border of Mysia, they tried to go on into Bithynia, but the Spirit of Jesus did not let them go there. 8 So they passed by Mysia and went to the city of Troas. 9 That night Paul saw a vision. In it, a man from Macedonia came to Paul. The man stood there and begged, “Come across to Macedonia and help us.” 10 After Paul had seen the vision, we  immediately prepared to leave for Macedonia. We understood that God had called us to tell the Good News to those people. Acts 16:6-9

God Adonai Allah Alaha
Young Catholics  WYD 2016 Krakow
"We show our love for God by obeying his commandments, and they are not hard to follow."
see 1 John 5:3
What do Christians believe?
We preach Christ crucified, a scandal to people of the Old Covenant and folly to all other peoples
Definition and Scope of Catholic Culture
There is no Christian without Jesus
The Face of God
Holy Name of Jesus
Don’t let evil defeat you, but defeat evil with good
Liturgy and culture
The decisive and immortal deeds of Father Tadeusz Rydzyk (C.Ss.R), the Redemptorist




FINE ART PHOTOGRAPHY BY ZBIGNIEW HALAT 
FOTO WROCŁAW WROCLAW, POLAND

Wroclaw, Poland, the capital of Polish Silesia proud of its Roman Catholic past, present and future

SEDES SAPIENTIAE WRATISLAVIENSIS

Vocazione di san Matteo - Powołanie św. Mateusza  - The Calling of St. Matthew

Saint Teresa Benedicta of the Cross, O.C.D. Roman Catholic nun, Virgin and Martyr
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How Edith Stein, a rebellious Jewish girl raised in Wroclaw
became a saint patroness of Europe and of World Youth Day


Ślęża - Maryjna Góra Pokoju
Sleza - The Marian Mountain of Peace
Sleza - La Montagna Mariana della Pace
Sleza - Mariánská Hora Míru
Sleza - Die Marian Berg des Friedens
Слеза - Марийная Гора Мира

Stations of the Cross Droga Krzyżowa Křížová cesta Kreuzweg
Przełęcz Tąpadła - Szczyt Ślęży


The Multiannual Wroclaw Festival of Integrity of the Human Person dedicated to St John Paul II
Motto: Time for Enlightenment in Europe

Church of the Holy Sepulchre in Jerusalem
Cross over the Catholicon.
The Cross of Golgotha - symbol of the efforts of unity in the community of Christian faith.
The Cross of Golgotha
- symbol of the efforts of unity in the community of Christian faith.

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