EXPANSION (1906-1922)MISSION IN RUSSIA
The Holy See organized in 1922 a charitable mission of material assistance in order to remedy the hunger and the disastrous effects in the south of Russia as much as possible. First the Nuncio of His Holiness in Spain and then the Secretary of State went to the Congregation, insisting on their cooperation and the provision of personnel for the Pontifical Mission. The Superiors, always eager to support the wishes of the Holy See and grateful for the honor given to the Congregation in requesting their collaboration for such a great work, generously offered their determined cooperation and presented the Holy See with Fr. Pedro Voltas and Fr. Angel Elorz. These priests joined the Pontifical Mission and arrived in Russia on August 21st, where they worked heroically in providing relief for the needy. The pontifical work had five centers: Crimea (Divine Word), Krasnodar (Jesuits), Moscow (Salesians), Orenburg (a Jesuit) and Rostov (Claretians). Each center was independent. They opened orphanages, soup kitchens for students, workers, children and the sick, helping colonies of Polish, Lithuanians, Germans and Assyrians.
The Virtue of Humility
I knew that if I was to acquire the virtues I needed in order to become a truly apostolic missionary, I would have to begin with humility, which I regard as the foundation for all other virtues… (Aut 341).
I have come to know that the virtue of humility consists in this: in realizing that I am nothing, can do nothing but sin, and depend on God in everything—being, conservation, movement, and grace—and I am most happy to be dependent on God rather than on myself. (Aut 347).