Today we departed modern Madrid and entered medieval Spain. Avila is located about 90 minutes from Madrid and is one of Spain’s two completely walled cities. I gave a talk in the morning about the lives, influence and writings of the two most famous Spanish medieval mystics — Teresa of Avila and St. John of the Cross, who both lived in Avila for a significant portion of their lives. We later walked the walls of the city taking in the beauty of this precious and holy place.
After lunch, we drove about an hour to Salamanca, which is one of my favorite cities in Spain. Spain’s oldest university is here. The medieval architecture and intellectual environment captivate visitors.
We toured the Anglican Centre and saw what Bishop Carlos and others were able to build. It demonstrates what we can and hope to create in Santiago de Compostela. As President of the Friends of the Anglican Centre in Santiago, the Board and I are focused on helping the Bishop of Spain’s vision of founding an Anglican center in Santiago become a reality.
Our day was capped off with a wonderful dinner in the Plaza Mayor — the most beautiful plaza in Spain. Our hotel is in the 12th century Convent of St. Esteban. It’s terrific sleeping in this place where prayers have been spoken for 800 years.
With love and prayers from Spain,