1859. The government approves the Rule of the Academy of St. Michael, which was created the previous summer. It will be published in May.
1870. Thanks to Claret’s efforts and trips, today the decree is signed to approve the Constitutions of the Carmelite Sisters of Charity. A few days later Claret sends word and congratulates the Mother General and the whole congregation.
The Example of the Saints
I frequently read the lives of those Saints who were distinguished for their zeal in saving souls, and I felt the good effect of it, for I applied to myself those words of Augustine: Tu non eris sicut isti et istae? Will you not be like these men and women and work as they did at saving souls? The lives of the saints that most moved me were those of St. Dominic, St. Francis of Assisi, St. Anthony of Padua, St. John Nepomuceno, St. Vincent Ferrer, St. Bernardine of Siena, St. Thomas of Villanova, St. Ignatius Loyola, St. Philip Neri, St. Francis Xavier, St. Francis Borgia, St. Camillus de Lellis, St. Charles Borromeo, St. Francis Regis, St. Vincent de Paul, and St. Francis de Sales. (Aut 226)
In the course of meditating on the lives and works of these saints, I used to feel such a burning within me that I couldn’t sit still. I had to get up and run from one place to another, preaching continually. I can’t describe what I felt inside me. Nothing tired me; I wasn’t terrified at the awful calumnies being leveled against me, or afraid of the greatest persecutions… (Aut 227)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Are there figures of saints who motivate your apostolic zeal in a special way?
- Are there other Christian figures that are an example for you?
- What is a saint for you today?
Pope Francis talks about the “saints next door”.
- Do you know them? Do they live with you? Who are they?
that hope that never dies, in spite of the many difficulties
and of giving impetus to our commitment towards life.”
(Josep M. Abella Batlle, Missionaries, p. 40)