|One of the most solemn hours of the Vatican basilica is the first in the morning, between 7 and 9.30, when it still has not opened the doors to tourists. The staircases go up to the atrium void, from which you access to a silent nave. You can now admire the colored marble floor; in the back, the canopy of Bernini which protects of the dome of Michelangelo the altar of the Successor Peter, standing on his grave.|
There's only activity in the sacristy, frantic. Dozens of perfectly uniformed acolytes lead the priests around the world and pilgrims to various altars where they celebrate the Eucharist. They are small groups, with one exception: the huge masses of 7, 7:30, 8, 8:30 and 9 at the relics of Blessed John Paul II.
Above precious marbles, under female angels, among tombs of popes, walk two Benedictine habits. Is there anything else Roman? They move nor quickly nor slowly, with no short steps or long steps, as life go inexorably into Eternity, with peace. It must be the peace of Montserrat, because they are the abbot and a monk accompanying him. Gaudí left in these mountain one supreme lesson of "architecture without architecture", the work of "a St. Francis of Assisi with the genius of Michelangelo," in the words of Jiménez Losantos.
From the peace of Montserrat, perhaps because it’s higher, they can see more complete dimensions and more accurate profiles, for example, about the person and role in the history of Gaudí, the author of Montserrat town in the geographical and iconographic center of the capital of Catalonia.
Why not rehabilitate the idea of Cardinal Vidal i Barraquer, who during the Second Republic and Civil War unsuccessfully tired of reminding his colleagues "that sound principle of prudence that the Church has never forgotten in the treatment and management of contingent things" by convert Montserrat in abbey "nullius" with full episcopal jurisdiction over a small territory and, therefore, exempt from the Catalan dioceses?