“Montserrat, meaning ‘serrated mountain,’ view from the Jesuit Spirituality Center in Manresa, 25 miles from the mountain. The Black Virgin of Montserrat has been venerated since the Middle Ages by countless pilgrims, including Ignatius of Loyola, who was on his way to the Holy Land when he stopped at Montserrat. [There he] kept vigil all night long before Our Lady, left his sword and knife at her altar, gave his fine clothes away, and resumed his journey to the Holy Land. On the way to the coast, he stopped at Manresa, stayed 10 months instead of the few days he intended, and ‘the rest is history.’”
“Very early morning at Montserrat, the sanctuary and monastery, perched halfway up the mountain.”
Submitted by Cecilia Arnold.