(Jan) 16. Our Lady of Montserrat, in Spain, on this day, miraculously delivers several captives from the tyranny of the Turks. (Hist. Montiser.)
Image (click it to enlarge): Holy card of Our Lady of Montserrat, patroness of Catalonia.
The famous statue of Our Lady of Montserrat was carved by St. Luke
c. 50 A.D., and eventually brought from Jerusalem to Spain. At one point it was stolen and hidden by the Moors [Muslims], but later miraculously rediscovered by shepherds and the Bishop of Manresa. The Bishop suggested that the statue be moved
to Manresa, but it remained in Montserrat, as it became (supernaturally) too heavy for people to carry - which was seen as a clear sign it was meant to stay. The statue is housed in the Church
of Santa Maria de Montserrat Abbey, Catalonia, Spain.
In 1493, Christopher Columbus
named one of the islands that he discovered in the Caribbean after the renowned shrine. Also, St. Ignatius of Loyola went on pilgrimage to Montserrat after being wounded in war. Soon after visiting the mountain he wrote his famous "Spiritual
Exercises". Along with Santiago de Compostela and Zaragoza, Montserrat ranks as one of the most important and famous pilgrimage sites in Spain.
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Source: "Historical Calendar of the Feasts of the Blessed Virgin, With the Foundations and Churches Dedicated to Her", from Abbé Orsini's
work, "Life of the Blessed Virgin Mary, Mother of God", Imprimatur 1858 A.D.