1852. From Cuba, Claret sends a congratulatory letter to the French writer, Abbe Jean-Joseph Gaume, for some of his publications, which deserve high regard.
1868. In a letter to Fr. Joseph Xifre, Claret approves the foundation in La Selva del Camp (Tarragona) if the Jesuits leave the convent of San Agustin. Claret wants the communities of his missionaries to have independence and intimacy.
The Example of Jesus Christ
I am ever more deeply impressed at the thought of Jesus moving from town to town, preaching everywhere -not just in big cities, but in little villages and even to a single woman. When he spoke to the Samaritan woman, he was tired and thirsty from traveling, and the moment was as inconvenient for him as it was for the woman. (Aut 221)
From the very beginning I have been thrilled by the preaching style of Jesus. What comparisons! What parables! I decided to imitate him with comparisons, similes and a simple style. And how He was persecuted! He was a sign of contradiction, persecuted for his teaching, his works, and his very person. Finally, they took his life amid affronts, torments, and insults, making Him suffer the most shameful and painful death imaginable. (Aut 222)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Is Jesus Christ really the center of your life?
- What impacts you most about the missionary life of Jesus Christ?
- Can you say, as Saint Paul did, that the love of Christ impels you? (Cf. 2 Cor 5:14).
- What has helped you most in your adherence to Jesus Christ?
- To whom have you made him known?
of religious and moral instruction.”