Church of Santa Maria Del Mar in Barcelona

As you make your way down toward the Barcelona Harbor it is easy to find this Church, constructed in the 14th century.  Named Our Lady of the Sea, the church was then closer to the sea than it is today and its neighborhood, as is typical of city harbors, was  home to many lower class people.  Saint Ignatius Loyola is remembered here (see the photo of his statue) because in the early days after his religious conversion he begged for food on the steps to the side of the church where a woman also sat begging on the day Mary and I went to Mass there.100_2534100_2549100_2552100_2535

Published by ronwendlingoutlookcom

My life has had three phases: one as a Jesuit seminarian, recorded in my 2015 memoir (Unsuitable Treasure: An Ex-Jesuit Makes Peace with the Past, Oak Tree Press); another as a college teacher and scholar of 19th century British Literature, best recorded in Coleridge's Progress to Christianity: Experience and Authority in Religious Faith (Associated University Presses, 1995); and finally my current phase as a retiree given to social media posts and photo commentary on my travels with my wife, Mary.

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