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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.

The Aristotle (384–322 B.C.), the Father of Western Philosophy, and his pupil Alexander the Great (356 - 323 B.C.), statues in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece. Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat
The Aristotle (384–322 B.C.), the Father of Western Philosophy, and his pupil Alexander the Great (356 - 323 B.C.), statues in Thessaloniki, Macedonia, Greece. Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat

Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat. Aristotle the Father of Western Philosophy: :Όλες οι ανθρώπινες πράξεις έχουν σαν αίτιο ένα από τα ακόλουθα 7: τύχη, φύση, κίνητρο, συνήθεια, λογική, πάθος, πτώση All human deeds have one of the following 7: luck, nature, motivation, habit, logic, passion, fall. Η αρετή ως συνήθεια: Οφείλουμε να καλλιεργήσουμε την αρετή μέσω της εξάσκησης και της ανατροφής. Η εκπαίδευση είναι κεφαλαιώδους σημασίας. Virtue as a habit: We must cultivate virtue through practice and upbringing. Education is of paramount importance. Η ευτυχία μας εξαρτάται από εμάς. Our happiness depends on us
Good habits formed at youth make all the difference. Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat. Aristotle the Father of Western Philosophy: :Όλες οι ανθρώπινες πράξεις έχουν σαν αίτιο ένα από τα ακόλουθα 7: τύχη, φύση, κίνητρο, συνήθεια, λογική, πάθος, πτώση All human deeds have one of the following 7: luck, nature, motivation, habit, logic, passion, fall. Η αρετή ως συνήθεια: Οφείλουμε να καλλιεργήσουμε την αρετή μέσω της εξάσκησης και της ανατροφής. Η εκπαίδευση είναι κεφαλαιώδους σημασίας. Virtue as a habit: We must cultivate virtue through practice and upbringing. Education is of paramount importance. Η ευτυχία μας εξαρτάται από εμάς. Our happiness depends on us.

Για τον Αριστοτέλη, η αρετή είναι βαθιά ριζωμένη συνήθεια, χαρακτηριστικό του χαρακτήρα, προδιάθεση της ψυχής. Οι ηθικές αξίες αποτελούν χαρακτηριστικά ενός καλού χαρακτήρα. Ο παράγοντας επιλογής εμπλέκεται στις ηθικές αξίες. Μολαταύτα ο Αριστοτέλης δεν προσφέρει μια μέθοδο που θα μας επιτρέψει να επιλέγουμε πάντα ορθά. Οι ηθικές αξίες συνδέονται και με τις αισθήσεις μας, αφού οι πράξεις μας συχνά απορρέουν από τις επιθυμίες και τα πάθη μας. Ουσιαστικά, οι αρετές είναι προδιαθέσεις που μας ωθούν να αισθανθούμε και να ενεργήσουμε κατά ορισμένο τρόπο.
For Aristotle, happiness is the activity of the soul that is in accord with virtue, it is the honest life. But what is virtue? Is it knowledge, feeling, choice or habit? For Aristotle, virtue is a deeply rooted habit, characteristic of character, predisposition of the soul. Ethical values ​​are characteristics of a good character. The choice factor is involved in ethical values. However, Aristotle does not offer a method that will allow us to always choose correctly. Ethical values ​​are also associated with our senses, since our actions often derive from our desires and passions. Essentially, virtues are predispositions that prompt us to feel and act in a certain way.

The story of Aristotle and Campaspe (also called Phyllis) became widely known from the thirteenth century. It was recounted that the learned Aristotle had admonished his pupil Alexander, telling him not to be distracted from his work by the beautiful Campaspe. On setting eyes on her, however, the aged Aristotle himself immediately became so enamoured that he followed her every wish and allowed himself to be ridden by her like a horse. Campaspe, in league with Alexander, made sure that Aristotle was seen in this position by the younger man, both humiliating him and demonstrating the triumph of love over reason.

A comprehensive live lesson from pagan philosopher Aristotle and Roman Catholic archbishop Fulton. J. Sheen taken at the Thessaloniki Seafront, Macedonia, Greece, Nέα Παραλία Θεσσαλονίκης, Μακεδονία, Ελληνική Δημοκρατία. Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat
A comprehensive live lesson from pagan philosopher Aristotle and Roman Catholic archbishop Fulton. J. Sheen taken at the Thessaloniki Seafront, Macedonia, Greece, Nέα Παραλία Θεσσαλονίκης, Μακεδονία, Ελληνική Δημοκρατία. Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat

Archbishop Fulton J. Sheen 
(1895 -1979)
Arcybiskup Fulton J. Sheen 
(1895 -1979)

The Level of Woman = The Level of Civilization
"To a great extent the level of any civilization is the level of its womanhood.  When a man loves a woman, he has to become worthy of her. The higher her virtue, the more noble her character, the more devoted she is to truth, justice, goodness, the more a man has to aspire to be worthy of her. The history of civilization could actually be written in terms of the level of its women." Fulton J. Sheen: Life Is Worth Living Ignatius Press, March 1, 1999, Archbishop Fulton Sheen on youtube: Women Who Do Not Fail 

Poziom kobiety = Poziom cywilizacji
"Poziom każdej cywilizacji jest determinowany w dużej mierze przez poziom kobiecości (t. j. osobowości kobiet tworzących tę cywilizację). Kiedy mężczyzna kocha kobietę, musi stać się jej wart. Im wyższe jej standardy moralne (w chrześcijaństwie znane jako cnoty), im bardziej szlachetny ma charakter, im bardziej jest oddana prawdzie, sprawiedliwości i dobroci, tym wyżej musi wznieść się mężczyzna, żeby być jej wart. Tak naprawdę historię cywilizacji można by napisać, odnosząc się do poziomu tworzących ją kobiet."


The Tower of Blood of Thessaloniki Ο Πύργος του Αίματος της Θεσσαλονίκης, Turkish: Kanli Kule aka (after the whitewashing 1912) The White Tower of Thessaloniki (Greek: Λευκός Πύργος Turkish: Beyaz Kule;) built 1450 -1470 after the Turks captured Thessaloniki in 1430. The Tower was used by the Turks successively as a fortress, garrison and a prison. In 1826, there was a massacre of the rebellious Janissaries imprisoned there. Because very often the view of the Tower was painted with blood and there were many victims of Ottoman torturers and executioners, as well as executions of the Janissariesprisoners, at that time until the end of the 19th century the Tower was named "Tower of the Blood". Επειδή πολύ συχνά η όψη του Πύργου βαφόταν με αίμα και υπήρχαν πολλά θύματα από Οθωμανούς βασανιστές και εκτελεστές αλλά και εκτελέσεις των φυλακισμένων από τους Γενίτσαρους, εκείνη την περίοδο μέχρι και το τέλος του 19ου αιώνα ο Πύργος είχε ονομαστεί ως «Πύργος του Αίματος».
The Tower of Blood of Thessaloniki Ο Πύργος του Αίματος της Θεσσαλονίκης, Turkish: Kanli Kule aka (after the whitewashing 1912) The White Tower of Thessaloniki (Greek: Λευκός Πύργος Turkish: Beyaz Kule;) built 1450 -1470 after the Turks captured Thessaloniki in 1430. The Tower was used by the Turks successively as a fortress, garrison and a prison. In 1826, there was a massacre of the rebellious Janissaries imprisoned there. Because very often the view of the Tower was painted with blood and there were many victims of Ottoman torturers and executioners, as well as executions of the Janissaries prisoners, at that time until the end of the 19th century the Tower was named "Tower of the Blood". Επειδή πολύ συχνά η όψη του Πύργου βαφόταν με αίμα και υπήρχαν πολλά θύματα από Οθωμανούς βασανιστές και εκτελεστές αλλά και εκτελέσεις των φυλακισμένων από τους Γενίτσαρους, εκείνη την περίοδο μέχρι και το τέλος του 19ου αιώνα ο Πύργος είχε ονομαστεί ως «Πύργος του Αίματος».


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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