1866. Two days before Palm Sunday, Claret moves to El Escorial with the two brothers who live with him to give a few days of Spiritual Exercises for the priests and seminarians and then preside over the events of the Paschal Triduum.
1869. Claret concludes the Lenten conferences that he has given, during six Thursdays, in the Parisian church of Saint Nicolas.
The Example of Female Saints
If I was moved by the example of men saints, as I have said in the preceding chapter, I was moved still more by the example of women saints. How deeply they impressed me! I would ask myself, “If a woman has such feelings and desires and does so much to save souls, what ought I, a priest, however unworthy, be doing?” The reading of their lives affected me so much that I copied out excerpts of their words and works, some of which I wish to quote here. (Aut 234)
From the Life of St. Catherine of Siena. “She had a singular devotion and love toward those saints who spent their lives working for the salvation of souls…” (Aut 235)
From the Life of St. Teresa. “One day while I was praying I felt myself suddenly–who knows how?–plunged into hell…” (Aut. 246).
“But I also received the greatest pain of my life from that vision: the thought of the many souls that are being lost…as well as a great longing for the salvation of souls. For it seems to me that I would surely undergo many deaths gladly, for a single soul…” (Aut 251).
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Are there female saints whose lives are inspiring to you?
- Are there women who, with their lives, have helped you to grow more in faith?
to walk along the way of prayer must of necessity practise…
One of these is love for each other;
the second, detachment from all created things;
the third, true humility, which, although I put it last,
is the most important of the three and embraces all the rest.”
(St. Teresa of Avila, The Way of Perfection, 4. 3-4)