STAGE 10 - katowice
To be a balm and a shared bread
How was Breslav or Wroclaw yesterday? Poland is an unknown treasure, right? Well, get ready because Katowice is one of its best hidden treasures that quickly makes the visitor fall in love with her. So, after you leave your suitcase at the hotel and take a shower, I'll wait for you to show you some of the most beautiful places of the city.
It is true that this great city of about 300,000 inhabitants still cries for the Bloody Monday that it lived on September 4th, 1939, when dozens of people died defending the city from the German invasion. Among them, fourteen underaged Boy Scouts. These young boys gave an example of defending the great values of Scouting, up to the point to be able to give their own lives. Etty, in the last pages of her diary, describes how she had also tried to make from her life an offering. To explain this idea, she uses two interesting images: to be like a bread, which is broken to be shared for the people who are hungry (an image of the Eucharist); and to be like a balm for the wounds of this World.
By the way, today I will introduce you a Jewish German Woman, who has influenced a lot the thought of 20th century, and to whom the way to become a balm was through the publication of Works about political thought. Hannah Arendt tried to underline in her essays all the necessary things in order that the political systems could truly serve the people. And it was clear to her that Totalitarian Systems were not the right path: “Just as Hitler's ‘final solution' really meant that the elite of the Nazi party was obliged to fulfill the commandment «You should kill», in a similar way, a statement from Stalin explained the «you will perjury» "as a rule of behavior for all the members of the Bolshevik party ”.
And which is your way to become a balm or a broken bread? It would be good if today we would think about it; it would be good if today we listen inside ourselves, and let everything that our eyes see and our ears listen to make eco inside of us. And that is because tomorrow, you know, we come to the end of our pilgrimage, and so, we should start answering this question, so that this experience would not remain only as an intellectual knowledge or only as moment in which we have prayed, but it could lead us to make a compromise with the reality that we have to live. I, at least, in my job as a taxi driver, try also to be a balm for my customers, in such a way that everyone who enjoys my car and my driving could be a little happier.
So, my pilgrim friend, cheer up and EUNTES!
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TO MOVE ON TO THE NEXT STAGE, YOUR PERSONAL DRIVER wants to know if you have made good use of what we have experienced today. so, you have to answer some questions to be able to purchase your ticket to the next place.
RECIPE OF THE DAY: Polish Pancakes
✓ 2.5 cups of flour
✓ 0.5 l of milk
✓ 2 eggs
✓ 1 teaspoon of vanilla sugar
✓ 1 tablespoon of sugar
✓ 1/2 teaspoon of soda
✓ 2-3 apples
✓ 1 pinch of salt
1. All the ingredients are mixed except the egg whites and apples.
2. The apples are grated and added to the mixture together with the mounted egg whites.
3. Put a pan with sunflower oil and cook the pancakes a couple of minutes per side.
4. Serve hot with sugar, Greek Yogurt and homemade Cherry jam.