1850. Claret begins Spiritual Exercises for Ordinands in Vic.
1867. Claret sends Mother Paris a copy of the new catechism that he has sent to all the bishops of Spain and that he would like to see as the single catechism; in November 1865 he presented it to Pius IX and earned his approval.
Faithful to His Missionary Vocation
I started giving missions in the parish of Viladrau on August 15, 1840, while I was conducting a novena in honor of the Assumption of the Blessed Virgin Mary. Next, I gave another in the parish of Espinelvas, a good hour away from Viladrau. Then I went to the parish of Seva. The mission here was more sensational than the others. A large number of people underwent conversion and made general confessions. This was the start of my fame as a missionary. (Aut 172)
During November I held an All Souls’ novena in Igualada and Santa Coloma de Caral…Thus I remained in Viladrau for eight months, going out on missions and returning. But I couldn’t continue in this way any longer. As I have said, when I was in town, I visited the sick…I was terribly upset at seeing the tears of the people and listening to all the reasons they gave why I shouldn’t leave the parish to go preaching. (Aut 173)
This forced me to ask my superior to relieve me of my duty as regent and free me from any parish obligations. I asked him to let me know his decision soon so that I could go and preach missions wherever he chose. This he did… (Aut 174).
PARA LA REFLEXIÓN PERSONAL
Despite the pastoral success he experienced in Viladrau, Claret did not forget his missionary vocation.
- Have you had to make sacrifices in order to be faithful to your missionary freedom?
- How could you convert your pastoral work into a more missionary and Claretian apostolate?
Doing God’s will happens, sometimes, by disappointing some people.
- Have you experienced that?
Thou dost remember the times when we love Thee,
my Lord, and when for a moment we repent,
Thou dost forget how we have offended Thee.
(St. Teresa of Avila, Life, 8. 6)