(Manresa). On Wednesday, 26 September 2018, Father General Arturo Sosa visited the Ignatian places in Manresa. Manresa is an important part of the journey of St Ignatius Loyola, and of the Society of Jesus.
In 1522, Ignatius of Loyola came down on foot from Montserrat to Manresa. Here he spent eleven months, a time of pivotal importance for his life and for that, which would later be the Society of Jesus. His privileged place of prayer was the Cave. The experience lived here by Saint Ignatius was the origin of his book Spiritual Exercises.
On his visit to Manresa, Father General Sosa took time to pray in the same cave where Ignatius spent long hours in prayer. Father General then celebrated the Eucharist in the chapel of the cave, expressing gratitude for the opportunity to do so in this space, so central to Ignatian spirituality.
While in Manresa, Father General also met with the Mayor of Manresa and member of the Board of Trustees of Fundació Cova Sant Ignasi, Valentí Junyent; and the Councillor for Tourism, Housing and Local Government, Joan Calmet. Aspects related to the preparations of the 500th anniversary of the arrival of Saint Ignatius in Manresa were discussed.
Apart from the Cave, Father General also visited other Ignatian places in Manresa. He visited the Chapel of the Rapture, in the old Hospital of Santa Llúcia, the Creu de Tort or the Pou de la Llum, the place overlooking the river Cardoner, where Ignatius, on his way to the chapel of Saint Paul, stopped and went through the Cardoner experience illustrated in his autobiography. There Fr. General was able to recall this moment, with the reading of the section of the Autobiography that recalls the Ignatius’ experience. Father General was accompanied and guided by the Jesuit Xavier Melloni on this tour.
Fr. Sosa encouraged the Jesuit community of Manresa and the team of the centre to continue working to promote the international network of spirituality centres of the Society of Jesus.