1860. Claret concludes some Spiritual Exercises for the Augustinian Sisters of St. Mary Magdalene who run the women’s prison center on Hortaleza Street (Madrid).
1864. Claret attends the consecration of Gregorio Lopez, Bishop of Plasencia.
The Example of the Prophets
Besides my unfailing love for poor sinners, another force that has driven me to work for their salvation is the example of the prophets, of Christ himself, of the Apostles, and of the many men and women saints whose lives and histories I have often read, noting down some of the more salient passages for my use and profit and as a stimulus… (Aut 214)
The prophet Isaiah, son of Amos, of the royal house of David, was a prophet and preacher. His main objective was to confront the inhabitants of Jerusalem and Israel with their infidelities and to announce the chastisement that God would visit upon them through the Assyrians and Chaldaeans, as He did, indeed. His brother-in-law, the impious King Manasseh, put him to death by having him sawn in half. (Aut 215)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- What biblical figures and biographies of saints or other people have most marked your missionary life?
- What does it mean for you to live in prophetic mission?