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From 24 to 31 November 2021, the Center for spirituality and culture Ignatius (www.ignacije.hr) with the Croatian Jesuits organized a pilgrimage as part of the Ignatian Year – “In the Footsteps of St. Ignatius... in Spain.” Fr. Tvrtko Barun SJ and Fr. Luka Poljak, a priest from the Subotica Diocese, accompanied the pilgrims. The goal of the pilgrimage was to inspire a deeper reflection on the example of St. Ignatius of Loyola and live Ignatian spirituality more deeply. For this reason, the goal of the pilgrimage was not only to visit the places that were significant for the life of St. Ignatius but also to foster the spiritual discovery and growth of every pilgrim.

Many people, mostly from Croatia, but also from Bosnia and Herzegovina, Austria, and Serbia, participated in the pilgrimage. Their first stop was Nice, where they had the opportunity to bond with each other and actively reflect their motives and spiritual movements during the pilgrimage. They also started to practice the Ignatian examen in the form of the Magis circle. They talked freely and without fear about where God was present in their day. Many said that this experience was the most valuable one during this pilgrimage.

The pilgrims then stayed for three days in Manresa. During that time, they enriched their spirit by searching for God in the Eucharist, in His word, in prayerful silence of the Manresa cave, and through communion. They also searched for God in the places that were especially important for the life of St. Ignatius: for example, in the hospice of St. Lucia and on the bank of the Cardoner river. They also visited Montserrat.

Afterward, the pilgrims made their way toward the birthplace of St. Ignatius – Loyola. However, before arriving at Loyola, they stopped in Javier to visit the home of St. Francis Xavier. One of the highlights of their stay in Loyola was the celebration of the Eucharist in the room where St. Ignatius experienced his conversion in 1521.

At the end of their journey, every single participant decided to live and testify the graces that they received during their pilgrimage. In Nice, the pilgrims celebrated the Concluding Mass. There, at the place where they began their pilgrimage, every one of them returned to their beginning. But they returned now with a renewed heart and for the greater glory of God.

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