Montserrat, in the Catalan region of northern Spain, is about 30 miles from Barcelona. This monastery is a privileged place of pilgrimage for disciples of Ignatius. It was to here that a barely-recovered Inigo set out from his home in Loyola. He limped to the monastery, made his confession and spent the night in vigil before the Virgin of Montserrat.
The following morning, he laid down his sword in front of the statue of the Virgin. With this gesture, Inigo left behind his life as soldier and courtier and began his new mission as a pilgrim. It was a moment of special joy for me when I got the chance to spend a prayerful moment standing in front of the statue where Inigo had kept vigil.