1849. Claret continues the mission in Santa Brigida (Canary Islands), where people come from all around. The next day it will end with general communion.
1853. Claret continues his pastoral visit to the parish in Mayari (Holguin, Cuba), with which he will end his first pastoral visit to his archdiocese.
The Example of Two Missionary Saints
Before ending this chapter, I would like to present two models of truly apostolic zeal… The first is the Venerable Joseph Diego of Cadiz; the second, the Venerable Master Avila. Of the former, we read in his Life: “The servant of God, moved by the zeal to win souls for Jesus Christ, consecrated his whole life his whole life tirelessly in the apostolic ministry. He continually undertook long, tiresome journeys, always on foot, without regard for the inclemencies of the season as he went from place to place to announce God’s Word and attain the results he longed for… (Aut 228)
From the Life of the Venerable Avila. His baggage train was a little burro. On it, he and his companions piled their cloaks and saddlebags. The latter contained a supply of hosts for celebrating Mass at hermitages, as well as cilices, rosaries, medals, holy cards, and some wire and pliers for making rosaries. He never carried food but trusted in God’s providence. It was a rare day when he ate meat; most of the time he ate only bread and fruit. (Aut 229)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Who do you consider to be your main models of missionary life?
- What aspects of their lives encourage you most?
it becomes difficult to hear the cry of nature itself; everything is connected.”
(Francis, Laudato Si’, 117)