Follow the footsteps of San Ignacio de Loyola
Recreate the route that Ignacio de Loyola, being a gentleman, traveled the year 1522 from Loyola to Manresa. In 1522 Ignacio de Loyola traveled from his house in Loyola to Montserrat and Manresa, not far from Barcelona. His pilgrimage of almost a month changed his life. His subsequent projects helped transform the world.
The Camino Real that Ignatius followed after his stay in Navarrete coincides with what we now call the “Camino de Santiago” that travels through Catalonia, Aragon, Navarre and La Rioja. We do not know how many pilgrims to Santiago crossed with Ignatius, but he had to feel more than once “against the current,” as he marched in the opposite direction to the pilgrims to Compostela. A very characteristic feature of Ignacio was to respect the conscience and the way of each one, but if he had to go “against”, he did not doubt it, he did it to the greater glory of God, as well as everything that he undertook.
We propose to live the experience of Ignacio, in a sense. You will cross with other pilgrims, because his is also our way … but in the opposite direction to the yellow arrows that point to Santiago and that you will find in your journey. Like Ignacio de Loyola, we are looking for another horizon, another destiny. Maybe we want to get to Jerusalem, like him, why not? But before that, we encourage you to go to Manresa, to the Cave, and to make Ignacio a stop in your life, to discover how God teaches to walk “as if he were our teacher”, taking us by the hand.
For Ignatius, Jerusalem was the land of Jesus, a way of establishing a closer relationship with him, of confirming his personal attachment to the lived experience of the Spiritual Exercises. It is not a mere assimilation of evangelical values or an attractive project to improve our world. What Ignatius wants is a serious commitment to the “service of our Lord Jesus Christ.”
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