1865. The newspaper La Esperanza comes out in his defense against the fake edition of the book The Golden Key.
1866. Claret supports the decision of the General Government of the Congregation to leave the precarious foundation of Huesca; however, it will be preserved and will even resist the onslaught of the revolution.
EARLY EXPANSION (1870-1899)RESTORATION IN SPAIN
On October 5, 1875, the copy of the Royal Order by which the Missionaries could return to their former possessions in Spain arrived in Thuir, sent by Fr. Xifre. The King Alfonso XII had already entered Madrid. The houses of Vic, Segovia and La Selva del Camp were recovered. Those of the latter soon founded in Tarragona, where they had been since 1872, but had to leave. The houses of Gracia and Huesca were also recovered. In 1876, from July 9th to 13th, the IV General Chapter took place, in which Fr. Xifre and the same auxiliaries of the Government were re-elected: Fr. Clotet as Assistant Director and Fr. Clement Serrat, Fr. Lorenzo Font and Fr. Domingo Sola as Consultors. Fr. Xifre thought that the Congregation was not yet ready to be divided into Provinces, so he preferred to keep it centralized. Some decisions were made regarding the Visitors of the houses in America.
About to Lose His Life
That last summer, the Blessed Virgin saved me from drowning in the sea. Because I had been working so hard, I didn’t feel very well during the summer. I began to lose all appetite, and the only relief I could find was to go down to the sea, wade in it, and drink a few drops of the saltwater. One day as I was walking along the beach on my way to the “old sea” on the other side of La Barceloneta, a huge wave suddenly engulfed me and carried me out to sea. I saw in a moment that I was far from shore, and I was amazed to see that I was floating on the surface, although I didn’t know how to swim. I called out to the Blessed Virgin and found myself on shore without having swallowed even a drop of water. While I was in the water, I had felt exceedingly calm, but afterward, onshore, I was horrified at the thought of the danger I had escaped through the help of the Blessed Virgin. (Aut 71).
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Have you ever been about to lose your life? Have you overcome any spiritual danger that could jeopardize your missionary life?
- Did you think you perceived God’s Providence and Mary’s protection at that time?
- In an attitude of prayer, pray with the words of the psalmist: “Even though I walk through the valley of the shadow of death, I will fear no evil, for you are with me.” Consider the “do not fear” moments that you have lived and heard from the Lord, because he walks with you.
I grow restless, I cannot quiet down, I cannot be consoled,
my heart goes out to them.”