Today was a free day, which was a great joy for everyone. 🙂 We started the day with Mass at 7am in the chapel of the angels at the Basilica on Montserrat. After that, we were free until the evening.
Some men took advantage of the day by hiking the trails on the mountain. Unfortunately, the weather was not on their side, and some got caught on the trails in a pretty rough thunderstorm. But everyone made it back safe and sound, if a little bit soaking wet. Praised be Jesus for their safety.
A few other men returned to Barcelona, either to the Cathedral or back to La Sagrada Familia. Here is Detroit seminarian Kevin Roelant with his experience of the free day and his return trip to Barcelona:
We had a free day today. A few of us went back to Barcelona, while most of the men stayed at Montserrat in the mountains. It was a beautiful day and it was a great opportunity for a few of us to see the new basilica in Barcelona (which is still under construction) again.
I was so glad that I was able to see the basilica again. It was great to be able to take some more time to pray in the basilica with all its beauty. There was so much more to see and pray with in the basilica than we had seen in our somewhat brief time in the Church the day previously. It is one of the most, if not the most, beautiful modern Churches I have ever seen.
Walking into the Basilica just easily leads you to prayer. They had sacred music playing in the background. The whole scheme of colors of reds, blues, oranges, purples, greens, etc., in the stained glass really brought out the glory of God, and I thought was a future manifestation of the heavenly glory and colors we will see.
I greatly enjoyed my time at the basilica and feel so blessed that I have the opportunity to do a pilgrimage like this. Know that we prayed for all of our families and benefactors several times that day. God bless!
Once we all returned, we had another postcard party, telling our benefactors of our experiences on Montserrat, Manresa, and Barcelona. And of course thanking all the many generous people who helped send us here on this pilgrimage, and reminding them that they and their intentions are in our prayers daily.
Tomorrow we depart Montserrat and Spain, and make our way north into France!