The history of Spanish literature runs through Castilla and Leon. It runs through its landscapes and its people. One can still hear the echo of galloping horses bearing warriors who died protecting the countless forts and castles. Castilla was strong, it was cultured. And most of all, it was Christian.
Castilla and Leon contain the greatest number of World Heritage sites in all of Spain, the result of a desire to excel, to be the best, to live in history. Many years have since passed, but we still can see the Cathedral of Burgos, or the Monastery of Miguel de Escalada, among many others, the sight of which still takes our breath away, and causes even the least interested to wonder “how many hands were needed to build this masterpiece?”
Castillian hands also wrote the first texts of Spanish law. The statue of Francisco de Victoria in the central plaza of the University of Salamanca reminds us that we are in the oldest university in Spain, founded in 1218.
The people are dedicated, uncomplicated. They love what is good, and accept only the best. It is no wonder they enjoy wines and food of international fame. They take their time and consider every detail. One can easily enjoy their keen sense of humor, carried on the strings of their guitars or in the lyrics of their ballads.
All around them they find all anyone could want: mountains, lakes, rivers, towns and cities of great beauty. But deep down one can see that something is missing. Something just isn’t right. Their Christ is still on the cross. They don’t know the power of His resurrection. The need for the gospel in Castilla and Leon is deep. It is time to ask God for a change that will transform the fear provoked by the Inquisition into love for the Bible, and to return to this land the life and the hope that was taken by the sword.
This is the time to cry out to God for workers who will go and proclaim the love that transforms the world. It is the time to pray for salvation and a new revival that will blow over the towns of Castilla and Leon.
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