1845. Claret is preaching during Lent in Mataro (Barcelona), and recruiting priests for the Spiritual Exercises that he will lead for them during the week of Easter.
1859. Claret begins to preach a mission in Chamberi (Madrid); some former Cuban collaborators help him as confessors.
The Example of Two Women Saints With Missionary Spirits
From the Life of St. Rose of Lima… “She cried continually over their misery and asked God to convert all sinners. She even used to say that she would gladly suffer all the torments of hell herself alone, as long as she could do so without sinning, if by doing so no one would be damned. For this reason, she had a great desire to see the Gospel preached to unbelievers and penance preached to sinners…” (Aut 239)
From the Life of St. Mary Magdalen of Pazzi. “It would be hard to find any apostolic man with a more burning zeal for the salvation of souls. She had a lively and most tender concern for their welfare, and it seemed to her that she had no love at all for the Lord unless everyone else loved Him, too. On learning of the great strides that the faith was making in the Indies in her day, she would say that if her vocation allowed, she would travel throughout the world to save souls and would envy the birds their wings that she might fly about everywhere to accomplish the task. ‘If only it were possible for someone to take me to the Indies,’ she used to say, ‘so that I could take those little Indian children and instruct them in our holy faith…” (Aut 259)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Do you know some women who with their missionary commitment challenge you to give yourself more in the mission?
- Are there women who, with the simple experience of their faith, are authentic examples of evangelical life?
- Search for and pray with some writings of holy women.
The brave man is not he who does not feel afraid,
but he who conquers that fear.”