"W drodze" on contemporary sins

The March issue of the Polish Dominican magazine

The March issue of the monthly ‘W drodze’ encourages to compete with the contemporary sins. Although Janusz Pyda OP claims that the source of sin is not time and that contemporary sins are eagerly discussed because this expression includes deeply hidden but distinctly visible hope of getting rid of the responsibility of one’s sins to something other than a man – culture, civilization, epoch, environment or time, the authors of ‘W drodze’ together with Editor-In-Chief Roman Bielecki OP underline that the traditional list of the cardinal sins, nowadays clothed in new clothes, remains present in the modern world, destroying us as individuals and as members of our society.

In relation with this issue, Dariusz Piórkowski SJ writes about aggression which is frequently caused by blind sticking to one’s right and the lack of openness to any other arguments. Janusz Pyda OP discusses different kinds of superficiality, Paweł Kozacki OP writes about an addictive chase after anything that is new, Wacław Oszajca SJ presents the attitude of people who only lay claims to others and Artur Radacki MIC describes narcissism. Łukasz Kubiak OP presents the characteristic features of the mechanisms which ensure indifference and passivity, whereas priest Andrzej Draguła tells how can a natural opinion be distorted and how can it turn into a gossip or a slander.

It is crucial that all those sins are not quoted in order to bring the reader to spiritual whipping and to make him or her feel hopeless but they are described to help the reader to notice particular features of one’s sin and to help to fight it.

The commentary on a crucial issue which is the abdication of Pope Benedict XVI  couldn’t be omitted. Dominik Jurczak OP perceives Pope’s decision as one of the most important catecheses in the Year of Faith and Dariusz Kowalczyk SJ tries to answer the question how will Pope’s life look like after his abdication.

According to the recent decease of Józef Glemp, the editorial staff reminds his sermon which  the primate preached at Dominican church in Poznań in 1993 on the occasion of the twentieth anniversary of ‘W Drodze’. The message of this sermon entitled ‘The Truth brings freedom’ seems to be very important, which – as the editorial staff underlines – is still a signpost and an obligation for them.

In chapter ‘W Drodze disscussions’ Roman Bielecki OP asks Michał Zioło OCSO what is sadness for and how to look for God’s presence in difficult situations – after losing job, during illness, in loneliness. In such situations God says: Let’s talk about who you really are. Because this illness or the lost of post show that the world is not as you have planned (…) you can pretend that  you do not care about this, you can hide behind the mask of indifference or you can try to take care of your soul-balance, namely sadness perceived as a kind of seriousness in pain and in the changing world – says the Trappist.

Piotr Świątkowski’s report ‘The cross under the tie’ treats of unconventional forms of the Way of the Cross, where the author concludes that ‘Way of the Cross, which is beyond the convention, becomes a real prayer. It does not matter if it is conducted in the morning, in an office block or under the paintings of a socialistic artist’.

During the Year of Faith, in column ‘What do I believe in?’ Katarzyna Kolska holds a conversation with Adrian Galbas SAC who speaks about the sense of the agony and the death of Jesus and about what does it mean that He died for our sins and what for He descended to hell.

In ‘Orientations’ column we can find the review of Philippe’s Falardeau film ‘Monsieur Lazhar’ and Małgorzata’s Szejnert books ‘We, the owners of Texas’.

Jacek Salij OP comments on the letter of one of the readers who asks a question: is it possible to arrange one’s hard life after getting divorced. In his reply, he gives a piece of advice which the Church gives to the converted sinners: ‘may the joy of your repentance not go out of your life, stay in it and be full of hope’.

One can also find texts of the permanent arts correspondents: Tessa Capponi-Borawska, Jan Góra OP, Marek Magierowski and Grzegorz Strzelczyk.

The commentaries on Sunday and holiday Gospels are provided by Dominicans: Krzysztof Pałys OP, Dominik Jurczak OP, Michał Adamski OP, Wojciech Dudzik OP and Wojciech Prus OP.

It has become a tradition now that we add a CD with ‘Retreat for those who are tired’  to the Lenten issue. This time there are seven Jesus’s conversations. The topic of the retreat aims at the listeners who in tiredness can open to God’s presence remembering His words: Come unto me, all ye that labour and are heavy laden, and I will give  you rest.