1868. Claret personally asks the Queen if she could ask the minister to finally give Vic’s missionaries that wing of the residence and orchard that has not yet been given to them.
1868. These days Claret is suffering a lot because of a large sore in his mouth; today they perform an operation on his gums.
The Need to be Sent
I had come to realize that a missionary must never thrust himself into an assignment. He should offer his services to the bishop, saying, Ecce ego, mitte me. But he should not go until his bishop sends him, because when he is sent, it will be by God’s sending. All the Old Testament prophets were sent by God. Jesus Christ himself was sent from God, and Jesus, in turn, sent his Apostles. Sicut misit me pater et ego mitto vos. (Aut 195)
This need for being sent to a particular place by a bishop was something that God himself helped me understand from the very beginning. Thus, no matter how evil and demoralized the towns I was sent to, great fruits were always obtained, because it was God who sent me to them and prepared them and predisposed them for me. Missionaries may rest assured, then, that they should go to no town, however good unless they go under obedience; but that under obedience they should not hesitate to go to any town, however bad. As far as any possible difficulties or persecutions are concerned, let them have no fear: God has sent them through obedience and He will take care of them. (Aut 198)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
Claret discovered the value of being sent as a missionary by the competent ecclesiastical authority and recommends it to his missionaries.
- What place does obedience occupy in your missionary life?
- Are you free and available to go out to evangelize wherever they send you?
the new order of values that he sets forth as the ‘Kingdom,’
the absolute reality in view of which all the rest
acquires its proper relativity.”