1856. Claret travels from Holguin to Santiago, after the attack, passing through Naranjo (Cuba).
1863. Claret is preaching the novena to Saint Joseph in the Church of Montserrat, (Madrid) which began the day before.
Anointed by the Love of the Father
No, I repeat, I have no mere earthly aim but a far nobler one. My aim is to make God better known, loved, and served by everyone. If only I had all human hearts, with which to love God! My God, people do not know you! If they did, you would be loved far more than you are… (Aut 202)
Another of my aims is to prevent all the sins and offenses that are being committed against God—that same God who is loved by seraphim, served by angels, feared by powers, adored by principalities—that God who is offended by a vile earthworm, man. Be astonished at this, you heavens! … (Aut 203)
If you saw your father being beaten and stabbed, wouldn’t you run to defend him? Wouldn’t it be a crime for you to look on indifferently at your father in such a plight? Well then, wouldn’t I be the greatest criminal in the world if I didn’t try to prevent the outrages that men are perpetrating against God, who is my Father? My Father, I shall defend you, although it should cost me my life… (Aut 204).
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Like Claret, is the purpose of your life to make God known, loved and served?
- Are you aware that with your evangelizing work you collaborate with others so that the plan of God the Father is realized in humanity?
- Read and pray with the Gospel Lk 4:14-19.
- Write a prayer for evangelizers.
but a lamp which guides our steps in the night
and suffices for the journey.”
(Francis, Lumen Fidei, 57)