JANUARY

13

1864. The fake edition of La Llave de Oro [The Golden Key] appears and there are many comments in newspapers; Claret asks the Minister of the Interior, through the Prosecutor of the Press, to prevent him from being defamed in that way; otherwise, he will have to tell the Queen to look for another confessor.

1867. Claret communicates to Fr. Manuel Miura that the Overseas Minister has given orders to pay him his honorarium as a resigned archbishop.

CONSTITUTION OF THE INSTITUTE (1858-1870)

 

FOUNDATION IN GRACIA

 

With the foundation in Gracia (which is now a neighborhood of Barcelona, but at that time it was a separate town) they left the Diocese of Vic and began to take on the aspirations of expansion of Father Claret and Fr. Xifre. The mission house in Gracia was at that time an isolated building. At the end of 1858 the foundation was already accepted in principle, but it had not been finalized because the funds promised for carrying out their works did not arrive on time. Later, thanks to the efforts of Father Claret, 3,000 pesos were obtained and later the rest. On January 23, 1860, Fr. Clotet and two Coadjutor Brothers moved into the building. They took charge of the house, which was organized permanently on March 14th. With it opened a vast field of missionary activity, due to the pastoral abandonment in which it found itself ever since the slaughter of the friars in 1835 and the laws that were promulgated later. There were hardly clergy dedicated to popular preaching and Missions.

Antonio Naval, CMF

General Consultant and Canon Lawyer (1857-1939)

 

Olvena (Huesca, Spain). Influenced by his brother Francisco Naval, student in Thuir (France), he chose Claretian religious life. In 1884 he was assigned to Rome to be part of the first Claretian community both in Rome and in Spoleto. He established a connection with the highest prelates of the Church. In the General Chapter of 1906, he was elected Vicar General. From 1906 to 1934 he was part of the General Government. He was the spiritual director of the nuncio Federico Tedeschini, of the auxiliary bishop of Madrid, Jose Maria Garcia Lahiguera, of Fr. John Postius, and of the ministers Arias de Miranda and Martinez de Velasco. The Jesuit Saint, Jose Maria Rubio, sent him the most difficult cases to discern. His written work was scarce, a few articles on liturgy and spirituality appeared in the magazine El Iris de Paz [The Iris of Peace], in the internal publication of the Annales Congregationis, and his study La Ascetica y Mistica consideradas como Ciencia [The Ascetic and Mystic Considered as Science] (1898). Already an octogenarian, he had to suffer the horrors of civil war.

The Fruits of the First Seeds

 

Whatever my parents or teacher told me or explained to me, I would grasp it perfectly, notwithstanding the fact that I was a very small boy. I didn’t really comprehend the wording of the catechism although, as I have said, I could parrot it extremely well. Nevertheless, I can see now the advantage of knowing it by heart, because in time, without quite knowing how or adverting to it, those great truths that I had rattled off without understanding them would come back to me… Rose buds open in time, but if there were no buds there would be no blossoms. The same holds for religious truths: if there are no catechism lessons, then there is complete ignorance of religious… (Aut 26)

Later on, when I was living alone in the city of Barcelona, (about which I will tell later) and witnessed so much evil, I would remember and tell myself: That is evil, you should avoid it. You had better believe in God, your parents, and teacher rather than on these unhappy people who don’t know what they’re doing or saying. (Aut 27)

FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION

 

  • Do you remember any teaching that you received in your childhood that at that time you did not understand, whereas later it has served you in your life?
  • Do you recognize in this moment of your life the fruits of what was sown in you when you were a child?
  • What do you sow in the hearts of the children that you find in your apostolate?
“Rejoice, then, and be glad in Him with interior recollection,
seeing that you have Him so near.”

(St. John of the Cross, Spiritual Canticle, 8)

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