13. Arriving at the Benedictine Monastery
Coming close to Barcelona, Iñigo arrived at the shrine of the Black Madonna high in the hills of Montserrat, which is run by Benedictine monks.
He followed the knightly tradition of making an all-night vigil in front of the image of Our Lady and left his sword and dagger on the altar.
He also gave away his mule to the Abbot of the monastery and his fine clothes to a local poor man. Iñigo had made up his mind to live in poverty.
A thought to ponder
Due to climate change we are all being challenged to live a life which demands less of the earth’s resources.
Do you feel that you live a simple lifestyle or are there ways you could change your lifestyle to make it more compatible with Gospel values?
Scripture for the Day
As a way of praying today’s Scripture we suggest, Imaginative Contemplation.
Mark 10:17-22 NRSVACE
As Jesus was setting out on a journey, a man ran up and knelt before him, and asked him,
‘Good Teacher, what must I do to inherit eternal life?’
Jesus said to him, ‘Why do you call me good? No one is good but God alone.
You know the commandments: “You shall not murder; You shall not commit adultery;
You shall not steal; You shall not bear false witness;
You shall not defraud; Honour your father and mother.”’
He said to him, ‘Teacher, I have kept all these since my youth.’
Jesus, looking at him, loved him and said, ‘You lack one thing; go, sell what you own, and give the money to the poor, and you will have treasure in heaven; then come, follow me.’
Music for Today
La Virolai sung by the Escolania de Montserrat.
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Translation of the Virolai
Symbol of Catalunya, the Abbey of Montserrat with its community of monks and choir school, exists today as it did in the time of Ignatius.
Photo: DWB Ignatian Pilgrimage