Pope John Paul II explained that "this way of life, perhaps difficult to
understand nowadays, gave St Kinga that inner freedom which enabled her to be
concerned first of all with the things of the Lord and to lead a
profound religious life".
The homily at the canonisation on a field in front of the Poor Clares' convent at Stary Sacz, Cardinal Franciszek Macharski read the homily of the Pope, who remained hoarse after his bout of flu.
The homily said that St Kinga "sought to consecrate herself to God
whole-heartedly by a vow of virginity. And so, when the circumstances
of the time dictated that she was to marry Prince Boleslaus, she
convinced him to live a life of virginity for the glory of God, and
after a waiting-period of two years the spouses made a vow of perpetual
chastity in the hands of Bishop Prandota."