1856. Advised by others, Claret asks the Queen for authorization to spend time in the Peninsula to restore his health since he has had a continuous pain in his arm that impedes him a lot in the performance of his ministry.
The Means of Books and Pamphlets
Sixth Means: books and pamphlets. Experience has taught me that one of the most powerful forces for good is the press, although when abused it can also be one of the most potent weapons for evil. By means of the press so many good books and pamphlets are circulated that God should be praised for it. Not everyone wishes to or is able to hear the Word of God, but everyone can read or listen to the reading of a good book. Not everyone can go to church to hear God’s Word, but a book can go to a person’s house. The preacher can’t always be preaching, but a book is always delivering the same message tirelessly… (Aut 310)
Reading good books has always been considered highly useful, but nowadays it is a real necessity… because there is such a passion for reading that if people don’t have good books they’ll read bad ones. Books are the food of the soul, and just as the body is nourished by wholesome food and harmed by poisonous food, so it is with reading and the soul… (Aut 311)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Do you read books of a certain depth for your permanent formation?
- What religious books do you usually recommend to people?