One Hundredth Anniversary of Footprints in the Snow
On January 18, the Library of La Rioja (Logroño, Spain) hosted a ceremony commemorating the hundredth anniversary of the vocation of St. Josemaría. This institution is located a few dozen feet from Marqués de San Nicolás Street, where “between December 1917 and January 1918, St. Josemaría Escrivá discovered his vocation of self-giving to God when he saw the tracks left in the snow by a discalced Carmelite friar walking along the street,” as a plaque recalls.
Inmaculada Alva, from the Josemaría Escrivá Center for Documentation and Studies, described the social situation and environment that the Escrivá family found on their arrival in the capital city of La Rioja. Next, José Luis González Gullón, professor at the Pontifical University of the Holy Cross in Rome and a member of the St. Josemaría Escrivá Historical Institute, spoke about the decisions brought about in the soul of young Josemaría as a result of that chance encounter and the important repercussions of that discovery. The ceremony was attended by more than 200 people.
Romana, n. 66, January-June 2018, p. 144-145.