The beginnings of my vocation have their roots in the
seminary school of Javier. From then on, for me the figure of Ignatius was linked,
I would say yoked, with the life of Francis Xavier, which I lived intensely, from
the time I joined the Society, first with great naivety, then with tremendous
idealism, and with a sustained commitment.
After I joined the Society, the tides turned and,
although Xavier continued to be part of my spiritual life, the figure of
Ignatius began to take shape in me, growing in knowledge, devotion and
admiration until today he is consolidated as the trunk of my spirituality. The
fact that I am now living, once again, in Pamplona, helps me to revisit,
ruminate on and consolidate the roots of my own vocation.
It is true that the wound in Pamplona was a personal
failure for Ignatius, but the story that came out of it was so important and
positive, spiritually speaking, that the reading of the real historical event
became an unprecedented historical-spiritual experience.
is how, I believe, that people of faith have lived and live it and, even more
so, all those who have known and are trying to live the Ignatian spirituality.
From apparent failure to true success, from the secondary to the fundamental,
from the earthly to the spiritual. This is the message that the plaque in
Avenida S. Ignacio conveys and which, out of curiosity or interest, many people
from Pamplona and beyond read every day. For some, it goes unnoticed, for
others it provokes curiosity, questioning and... perhaps, a call for betterment.