by Ken Myers
The medieval city of Ávila, seventy miles northwest of Madrid, is best known to Christians as the birthplace of St. Teresa de Jesus, the sixteenth-century Carmelite nun, mystic, and reformer. Captured by Moors in a.d. 714, the city was retaken by Christian forces in 1088, after which a network of massive stone walls and towers was constructed to protect the city and its new cathedral, construction of which began around 1091. The apse of the cathedral is one of the turrets in the city walls, possibly evoking echoes of Psalm 46 to generations of believers: "The Lord of hosts is with us; the . . .
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