Developing the Whole Person
Men's basketball spends a tradition-rich day in Barcelona.
Aug. 25, 2010
BARCELONA - The Loyola Marymount University mission to develop the whole person has been a large part of the Lions' trip to Spain throughout the last 10 days in Madrid, Valencia and finally in Barcelona. That mission and the reasons behind came to the forefront on Wednesday, day 10 of the men's basketball international tour through Spain.
The Lions spent most of the day touring Montserrat Hill, which is the highest point of the Catalan lowlands, and stands central to the most populated part of Catalonia. The stone monolith is ideally located to play an important role in the cultural and spiritual life of Catalonia. .
More importantly, it is the epicenter of the creation of the Society of Jesus by Ignatius of Loyola.
Fr. Joseph Labrie, S.J., joined the Lions in Barcellona to help guide the traveling party to the historical significance of the area to the foundation of the Jesuits and to the philosophy that is the core of Loyola Marymount University.
The day included a hike through the picturesque and mountainous region that makes Montserrat Hill, a destination for more than just those seeking spiritual guidance. Throughout the hike is the presence of the Society of Jesus, including views of the Mare de Deu De Monserrat.
Santa Maria de Montserrat, located within the Montserrat mountain, is the Benedictine abbey that hosts the Virgin of Montserrat and the Publicacions de I'Abadia de Montserrat, a publishing house that is the oldest in the world that first published a book in 1499. The Mare de Deu is the basicalla that houses the Black Madonna and is the only building tourists are allowed to visit.
The Mare de Deu was also the location for a special mass for the LMU traveling party. Following the tours, the Lions joined together as one in celebration, with Fr. Labrie conducting the mass.
Check-out the latest Inside the Lions special from Spain to hear some of the mass and also comments from Labrie to why this was such a special day for the Lions.
The day ended with more tradition, as more than half the party went to one of the longest running traditions and cultural experiences in Barcelona, a foot ball match between F.C. Barcelona and A.C. Milan.
Listen to junior Drew Viney in the Ten Questions from Spain as he talks about both experiences. The Lions will spend their final day in Spain looking at some of the rich architecture of Barcelona, including the Sagrada Failia. They will close the day with their fourth and final game.