CONSTITUTION OF THE INSTITUTE (1858-1870)
THE MISSIONARIES AT HOME
The Constitutions, the Directory and the Directori are what ruled the life of the missionaries. The Constitutions and the Directory had been written by Claret, while the Directori was the work of Fr. Clotet dedicated to the Brothers. Life at home was pretty regulated from the start. They got up at four in the morning, and after an hour of private meditation they celebrated Mass. There was a mandatory Moral conference, an examination of conscience, and lunch at twelve-fifteen, in which there was a reading. In the afternoon, after prayers, there was another conference about preaching and an outing. Returning, there was a conference on Spirituality, dinner, visit to the Blessed Sacrament and recreation until a quarter to ten when they were going to rest. But, although everything was regulated, the family atmosphere, the ideal of the Founder, was always felt. They were not religious in the canonical sense of the word, because they did not make vows, neither public nor private. From the beginning, although they were not subject to this kind of life, they showed themselves to be religious observers.
A Marian Telegraph
I never tired of being in church before the image of Our Lady of the Rosary, and I talked and prayed so trustingly that I was quite sure the Blessed Virgin heard me. I used to imagine a sort of wire running from the image in front of me to its heavenly one. Although I had not yet seen a telegraph line at that time, I had imagined how it would be to have a telegraph line to heaven. I can’t explain how attentive, fervent, and devout I was at prayer then, but I was more so then than I am now. (Aut 48)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
Claret expresses with imagination the closeness he felt when praying to the Virgin.
- How do you live in the close presence of Mary?
- Do you express it with concrete gestures?
- Pray a mystery of the Rosary with other brothers in the community.
- Write a litany to the Virgin Mary that expresses your relationship with her.
We are talking about responding to God’s grace
or how to be creatively faithful to the gift we have received
and carry out ministry with foresight and enthusiasm.”
(Aquilino Bocos Merino, Herencia y profecia, 76)