The fence around the lake

The fence around the lake

Without the fence around the lake one could hardly notice the ice on the lake because it is covered by snow in the same way as the ground. The fence is saying: do not trespass!
The Ten Commandments are like the fence, they are saying: No!
Sometimes we rebel against the Ten Commandments because they seem to be against our freedom, they seem to us as obstacles.
When we step on the ice and sink into the icy water, then we understand the purpose of the fence, the purpose of the commandments. (MČ)

Iñigo in contemplation

Iñigo stayed in the cave in Manresa about one year. He was sorry for all his sins, and he prayed over the mysteries of Jesus' life. Thus he was the first to go through spiritual exercises under the direction of our Lady, the Blessed Virgin Mary. He recorded the instructions and insights and later wrote a book Spiritual Exercises. This book has been used for centuries by many who wanted to know and follow the Lord Jesus Christ. Today the cave is nicely maintained and is part of the Jesuit church. At the entrance to the cave angels hold the inscriptions with sentences taken from the book Spiritual Exercises written by St. Ignatius in Spanish.

The left angel carries the inscription:

I seek the inner knowledge of the Lord who for my sake became a man so that I may love him and revere Him ever more.

The right angel carries the inscription:

Christ calls everyone under His standard, and on the other side Lucifer under his.