“Frankly I tell you that I am fed up with eight years of persecutions for this blessed Escorial. Don Dionisio, with every letter, tells me that he is bored, that he can no longer carry so much responsibility. What can I do? Sometimes I think it would be better to suggest and advise Her Majesty to hand over El Escorial to the Franciscans, or to the Benedictines, or to the Jesuits, etc.” (Letter to D. Paladio Currius, 27 de julio de 1867, en EC II, p. 1183).
DISCERNING IN SUFFERING
The monastery of El Escorial had been the victim of successive expulsions during the first half of the 19th century. Following the expulsion of the monks there had been looting and pillaging. (more…)