Around noon, the buses were to depart for the Divine Mercy Shrine, and at the last minute I decided to go; I would never be able to live with myself afterwards if I missed my chance to pray there. First we visited the convent of St. Faustina, which is beside the shrine. The convent was a red brick complex with a beautiful, colorful chapel containing the remains of Faustina. We said the chaplet there, although I had trouble concentrating because of a slight fever.
Convent of the Sisters of Our Lady of Mercy
After that, we trooped through the snow to the shrine, a giant structure which unfortunately looks like an alien spaceship, or maybe an airport. The inside of the shrine was a large, white space, lacking statues or artwork except for the Divine Mercy image of the Lord. The tabernacle was a large, bronze globe of the earth with an electric red light above it; this I found to be very odd. Nevertheless, we celebrated a beautiful Mass there. I sat next to my household sister, Olivia, who kindly stroked my feverish head as I sat during the creed. When it was finished, we crowded the gift shop, and then we were off again. Upon reaching the hotel, I went straight to my room, and after taking a hot shower, a granola bar, and lots of Vitamin C, I fell into a restful sleep.