2. Maria and the Blacksmith
Sadly either in childbirth or soon after, Iñigo’s mother died. The baby was given to be looked after by a local blacksmith’s wife – María de Garín, in a house five minutes walk from the Loyola Manor House. The child would have been brought up speaking Basque and learning their songs, dances and culture.
A thought to ponder
Small children tend to accept their world as it is. But that’s not to say that traumas and joys don’t have an effect upon them.
Who were the most important influences on your world as a child?
Can you give thanks to God for them?
Scripture for the Day
As a way of praying today’s Scripture we suggest, Imaginative Contemplation.
Luke 18:15-17 HCSB
Some people were even bringing infants to Jesus so He might touch them, but when the disciples saw it, they rebuked them.
Jesus, however, invited them: “Let the little children come to Me, and don’t stop them, because the kingdom of God belongs to such as these.
I assure you: Whoever does not welcome the kingdom of God like a little child will never enter it.”
Music for Today
Let the Children come to me by Tommy Walker
The house of Señor Garín the blacksmith and his wife Maria in Loyola, where little Iñigo spent his first seven years.
Photo: Ignatian Pilgrimage DWB