That’s where we were today. About an hour out of Madrid by coach. It was still foggy when we arrived, but it soon burned off and we had a picture perfect day. As a former History Major (well, dual English Lit. & History), I believe that context is king and today’s excursion was all about exploring the world into which Ignatius was born.
In Toledo, we got to see the synagogues, mosques and churches that existed side by side before the Christian “Reconquista” of the “Catholic Kings,” Ferdinand and Isabella that culminated with the taking of Granada in 1492, one year after Ignatius’ birth.
A personal highlight was climbing up to see the (former) Jesuit Church which was “lost” during the Suppression of the Society. It was a sobering reminder that grand buildings and careful planning cannot save any of us from hardship and trouble.