CONSTITUTION OF THE INSTITUTE (1858-1870)
The foundation began quickly in Huesca (1864) after Spiritual Exercises preached by Fr. Xifre which would bear exceptional fruit with the entry into the Congregation of Fr. Vallier. Jaca (1867), where they settled in the old seminary, with Fr. Hilario Brossosa at the head. La Selva del Camp (1868), requested by the archbishop of Tarragona, Francisco Fleix y Solans, Fr. Alibes going as Superior and accompanied by Fr. Donato Berenguer and Fr. Francis Crusats, among others. And offers were presented to found houses in Valencia, Cadiz, Zaragoza, etc. The Congregation extended more and more, although at the moment only in Spain. The Bishop of Lleida, after his transfer to Pamplona, undertook efforts for a foundation in his diocese, to no avail. Likewise, Friar Bartolome Casal, on behalf of the Archbishop of Santiago de Compostela, proposed to the Founder the establishment of the Institute in Galicia. The one that was about to be realized was that of Astorga. And the one that seemed to be more favorable and that also did not come to fruition was that of Seo de Urgel, seat of the bishop Caixal.
I had the good fortune of discovering a book entitled Courtesies of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament. How I loved that book! I liked it so much that I learned it by heart. (Aut 37)
At this time I chanced upon another book called A Good Day and a Good Night, which I read with great pleasure and profit! (Aut 41)
At about this time I discovered in our house a book called El Roser, the rose-tree, which contained pictures and explanations of the mysteries of the rosary. I learned from it how to recite the rosary, litanies, and other prayers. (Aut 45)
The realization of how much good I have derived through reading good and pious books has prompted me to distribute them generously, in the hope that they will bring my neighbors, whom I love so much, the same happy results they brought to me. (Aut 42)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Were there some books that were helpful during your childhood? Which ones?
- Do you have books or other means of communication that are currently enriching you spiritually? Which ones?
- Do you usually recommend several resources that can enrich others?
- List some books that have helped you think, grow, and enjoy yourself throughout your life.
What is sacred? What is the spirit made of? What is worth living for?
What is worth dying for? The answer to each one is the same: only love.”
(Movie, Don Juan DeMarco)