The town of Kolbrzeg is also remembered for the marriage to the Sea that was performed by Polish soldiers as they liberated the country from Natzis. In a symbolic gesture the commander of the army thrown a ring into the Baltic Sea fulfilling the dream of many Poles to have access to the Sea after a couple of centuries when Poland was conquered by neighboring countries.
It was a reflective visit to me, particularly in the context of the Year of Faith. Praying there and celebrating Mass in the memorable Basilica I thought how well the story of the town reflects ups and downs of our own story when we need to struggle to remain faithful to Christ. How often what is sinful in us seems to take over the good seeds sown by the Lord like it happened here in 1007 when a pagan revolt destroyed the beginnings of Christianity but Jesus never gives up. He sent St Otto to spread the Good News that was rejected a couple centuries earlier and the same Jesus sends his messengers to us to support what is good in us and to eradicate what is contrary to our vocation. Today Kolobrzeg is a well know health resort with its special climate but for me it is the place where one can breathe not only fresh air with its healing qualities but it is a place where one can sense the efforts of Christ to give his people true happiness – his very own person.