Discalced Carmelite Friars

Province of St. Therese

Camino de Santiago - page 15

A Pilgrim's Progress: Fr. Stephen Sanchez, OCD, on the Camino de Santiago – 2018 - page 15

Aug 13th

We all got up a little tired from the hot night - we made the best of it - Jocelyn ventured out earlier to find an open café for some java. We all got ourselves together and walked out the door in search of 'La Santa' - the shrine and monastery of our friars in Avila. It turned out to be only about a 10-minute walk and as we explored around the plaza I decided to see if the Superior was in to see if we could greet him. A young man answered the door - I am supposing a religious - and said that the superior was out of town. I then asked for the subprior, I was told that he was preparing for the 9am mass. Not perceiving any interest in us by the young man I decided to not pursue the idea of a visit ... but there was a 9am mass.

I called out to the Raads and Blantons and proposed we attend the 9am mass. I once again found myself surrounded by the 'church ladies'. It was a small number attending - a dozen at the most. We took some pictures after our thanksgiving. Then our search for coffee!

We walked around until we found a café that was open. After the coffee began to stimulate the synapses we decided on the Cathedral tour.

The Raads and the Blantons both were surprised at the beauty of the space and could not get over its age and preservation.

Inside is an image of Our Lady (de la Caridad) to whom St. Teresa prayed after the death of her mother.

After the Cathedral tour we then headed to see the new CITeS site which was a good 20 minute walk [CITeS is the 'school' that some of us have attended - it used to be in the friars monastery where we just attended mass]. While there I found out that Fr. Maximiliano Herraiz was there. I went to his room but he wasn't in. We waited around and the Raads and the Blantons took in the exhibition they have set up for the Jubilee year (whenever the solemnity of St. Teresa falls on a Sunday that year will be a Jubilee year). I left Fr. Maximiliano a note and off we went on our climb back up to the city. We might have had some coffee but my memory is a little fuzzy. All I remember is that my legs were a little upset with me that we were doing that 'climbing thing' again.

Before we entered the Walls we did decide to visit the Basilica of St. Vincent. The church is built on the site of the martyrdom of St. Vincent and his sisters Sabina and Cristeta under the Diocletian persecution around 304. Down in the crypt there is a hole in the wall where you can see the stone on which they were martyred.

After that tour Jocelyn said she was "toured-out" and she and Peter went back to rest while Ron, Lisa and I went to investigate the chance of 'walking the wall' - we found the entrance of where the short part was and began, after the short section we found our way and began to walk the 'long' section and it was long.... especially after walking all morning! We finished exhausted, and we were also hungry and thirsty so we went in search for dinner. I had a salmorejo to start with (a variation of gazpacho) and a spinach salad. The night began to cool down and a light breeze began to blow.

Went home packed our stuff so as not to worry about it in the morning.

All in all a long but beautiful day! For the breeze, thank you Lord!

John of the Cross near Plaza La Santa
John of the Cross near Plaza La Santa
La Santa in Avila
La Santa
Holy Mother St. Teresa at Plaza La Santa
Holy Mother St. Teresa at Plaza La Santa
Holy Mother - detail
Holy Mother - detail
Image of St. Teresa over door to monastery
Image over door to monastery
Holy Father St. John of the Cross in church of La Santa
Holy Father St. John of the Cross in church of La Santa
Cristo mi llagado - La Santa church
Cristo mi llagado - La Santa church
Nuestra Señora de la Paz - La Santa church
Nuestra Señora de la Paz - La Santa church
Our Lady of Mount Carmel side altar - La Santa
Our Lady of Mount Carmel side altar - La Santa
Our Lady of Mount Carmel - closer look
Our Lady of Mount Carmel - closer look
Catedral del Salvador - Avila
Catedral del Salvador - Avila
St. Stephen in Avila Cathedral
St. Stephen in Avila Cathedral
San Segundo (Secundus) - Cathedral of Avila
San Segundo (Secundus) - Cathedral of Avila
14th century baptismal font in alabaster
XIV century baptismal fount - alabaster
Side altar - Avila cathedral
Side altar - Avila cathedral
San Pedro Bautista - protomartyr - died in Japan Feb. 5, 1597
San Pedro Bautista - protomartyr, died in Japan Feb. 5, 1597
'Bloodstone' - granite arches
painting - St. Michael weighing the soul
St. Michael weighing the soul
Painting detail - devils trying to tip the scales
Detail - devils trying to tip the scales
Virgen de la Caridad
Virgen de la Caridad
Main altar - Avila cathedral
Main altar - Avila cathedral
St. Sgundo - Avila cathedral
St. Sgundo - Avila cathedral
St. Catherine of Alexandria
St. Catherine of Alexandria
St. Segundo - ordained and commissioned
St. Segundo - ordained and commissioned
Sacristy - Avila cathedral
Sacristy - Avila cathedral
CITeS - Chapel of the Holy Trinity
CITeS (Centro Internacional Teresiano-Sanjuanista) - Chapel of the Holy Trinity
Altar - Chapel of the Holy Trinity - CITeS
Altar - Chapel of the Holy Trinity
View of the Walls from CITeS
View of the Walls from CITeS
San Vicente Basilica
San Vicente Basilica
Central nave - San Vicente Basilica
Central nave - San Vicente Basilica
Sacred Heart - San Vicente Basilica
Sacred Heart - San Vicente Basilica
Cupola - San Vicente Basilica
Cupola - San Vicente Basilica
Cenotaph of St. Vincent
Cenotaph of St. Vincent
Vincent, Sabina, and Cristeta - cenotaph detail
Vincent, Sabina, and Cristeta - cenotaph detail
Main altar of St. Vincent Basilica
Main altar - Basilica of St. Vincent
Virgen de Soterraña in Crypt
Virgen de Soterraña in Crypt
Here Teresa committed to the reform
Here Teresa committed to the reform
Crypt - Basilica of St. Vincent
Crypt - Basilica of St. Vincent
Avila wall
Wall 'walk'
Walls of Avila
Walking on the wall of Avila
View from the walls of Avila
View from the wall of Avila
St. Vincent
St. Vincent's as seen from the Wall
View of wall and hillsides
View of wall and hillsides
Parapets of Avila walls
View of parapets of Avila wall