Monserrat

Some thirty miles from Barcelona, on a mountaintop, a Benedictine monastery dedicated to the Black Madonna, a focus of pilgrimage for Catalans and the whole Catholic world.

Monserrat

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Solitude

On a hill just behind the abbey of our Lady of Einsiedeln stands the solitary statue of the Patriarch of Western Monasticism, Benedict of Nursia.  Benedict valued silence and solitude just as much as community life in the pursuit of holiness.

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