1861. Claret wanted to spend Holy Week in El Escorial, but the Queen forces him to spend it in Aranjuez with the royal family. There he preaches a sermon about the passion for two and a half hours.
1862. Claret is an attending bishop at the consecration of Francisco de Sales Crespo, Auxiliary Bishop of Toledo.
The Means of Familiar Conversations
Another very effective way of doing good is taking part in familiar conversations with people. A great many benefits can be accomplished by this means! Among the early Jesuits there was a lay brother who went shopping every day, and as he made his rounds, the conversations he held with people were so effective that he converted more souls than any other missionary. I read this story as a student and liked it so much that I have followed the same practice as often as circumstances have permitted. (Aut 334)
If the subject of death came up or if a funeral bell was tolling, I seized the opportunity to talk about our human frailty and the uncertainty of our life and how we will have to render an account of our life to God when we die. Thunder and lightning would suggest the Judgment and I would speak of that great day. Standing by a blazing hearth, I would allude to the fires of hell… (Aut. 335)
…I have personally witnessed the great value of conversations like these; their effect was like that of the conversation Christ held with the two disciples on the road to Emmaus. I also found that they had the further advantage of avoiding useless talk and grumbling. (Aut 336)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Do you take advantage of everyday conversations when they lend themselves to convey the message of the Gospel?
- What do you usually talk about with people?
- Do you avoid useless or even vulgar gossip and comments?
Two synods have been celebrated about the family.
- What follow-up have you been able to carry out?
- How do you face the challenges faced by families today?
we come to realize that a healthy relationship with creation
is one dimension of overall personal conversion,
which entails the recognition of our errors, sins, faults and failures,
and leads to heartfelt repentance and desire to change.”
(Francis, Laudato Si’, 218)