The Way to Manresa
Irish Jesuit Brendan McManus’ latest book The Way to Manresa, has just been published by Loyola Press, Chicago. A story that Brendan describes as “a spirituality of failure”.
The book is the story of Brendan’s experiences along the Ignatian Camino in Spain, which runs for 600km from Loyola to Manresa, following the journey that St Ignatius, the founder of the Jesuits, made after his spiritual awakening in his home at Loyola.
Brendan’s first book, Redemption Road: Grieving on the Camino, is based on his pilgrimage along the Camino de Santiago, which he undertook to try and come to terms with the death of his brother by suicide.
In this interview with Pat Coyle, he explains why he wrote a book that is essentially about “a failed and troubled walk” and he explains how he came to experience first-hand this rarely discussed “spirituality of failure.”
He also notes that the book, which is the fruit of a compromised and unexpectedly challenging journey, is particularly relevant for people navigating their way through the current Covid-19 crisis, with all its attendant pain and possibility.