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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.

1 - 5 Commandments of chivalry: 1. Believe the Church’s teachings and observe all the Church’s directions 2. Defend the Church 3. Respect and defend all weaknesses 4. Love your country 5. Do not recoil before an enemy. Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat
 1 - 5 Commandments of chivalry: 1. Believe the Church’s teachings and observe all the Church’s directions 2. Defend the Church 3. Respect and defend all weaknesses 4. Love your country 5. Do not recoil before an enemy. Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat

Dziesięć zasad etosu rycerskiego Gautiera:
1. Uwierz naukom Kościoła i przestrzegaj wszystkich wskazówek Kościoła ;

2. Broń Kościoła ;
3. Szanuj wszystkie słabości i ustanów siebie ich obrońcą ;
4. Kochaj swój kraj ;
5. Nie cofaj się przed wrogiem ;
6. Nie okazuj litości niewiernym. Nie wahaj się podjąć walki z nimi ;
7. Wykonuj wszystkie obowiązki, które są zgodne z prawem Bożym ;
8. Nigdy nie kłam, ani nie cofaj danego słowa ;
9. Bądź hojny dla każdego ;
10. Zawsze i wszędzie opowiadaj się za tym co słuszne i dobre i przeciwko złu i niesprawiedliwości ;


6 - 10 Commandments of chivalry: 6. Show no mercy to the Infidel. Do not hesitate to make war with them ; 7. Perform all duties that agree with the laws of God ; 8.  Never lie or go back on one’s word ; 9. Be generous to everyone ; 10. Always and everywhere be right and good against evil and injustice. Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat
6 - 10 Commandments of chivalry: 6. Show no mercy to the Infidel. Do not hesitate to make war with them ; 7. Perform all duties that agree with the laws of God ; 8. Never lie or go back on one’s word ; 9. Be generous to everyone ; 10. Always and everywhere be right and good against evil and injustice. Fine Art Photography by Zbigniew Halat

Gautier Zehn Gebote des Rittertums, sind:

1. Du sollst glauben, alles, was die Kirche lehrt und sollst zu beobachten alle Richtungen.
2. Du sollst die Kirche zu verteidigen.
3. Du sollst Respekt alle Schwächen und sollst dich selbst bilden den Verteidiger von ihnen.
4. Du sollst den Staat, in dem du geboren wurdest.
5. Du sollst nicht vor deinen Feind zurückschrecken.
6. Sollst du Krieg gegen die Ungläubigen, ohne Aufhören und ohne Gnade.
7. Du sollst deinen gewissenhaft durchzuführen feudalen Pflichten, wenn sie nicht gegen die Gesetze Gottes zu sein.
8. Du sollst nicht lügen, und sollst treu bleiben deines gegebenes Wort.
9. Du sollst großzügig sein, und geben Sie Großzügigkeit für alle.
10. Du sollst überall und immer der Champion der rechten Maustaste und das Gute gegen das Unrecht und das Böse zu sein.


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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