(accompanied by thousands of people).
1853. Claret concludes his first pastoral visit to the archdiocese, in order to celebrate Holy Week in the capital, in its provisional cathedral, because the real one is not yet rebuilt after the earthquakes.
1860. Claret travels to El Escorial to meet with Fr. Pages, former head of the monastery, about various organizational matters and to preach for three days to the budding community; the seminary is starting to function.
The Means of Prayer
The first means I have always employed and still do is prayer. In my opinion, this is the greatest means that can be used for the conversion of sinners, the perseverance of the just and the relief of the souls in purgatory. Hence in my meditations, Masses, recitation of the breviary (prayers) and other devotions, as well as in my aspirations, I always asked God and the Blessed Virgin Mary for these three intentions. (Aut 264)
I not only prayed myself but asked others to pray… (Aut 265)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- What place does personal prayer occupy in your missionary life?
- How do you live the communal dimension of your prayer?
- Do you encourage others to be people of prayer?
Our life’s fruitfulness depends on the union we have with the Master. Vine and branches. Everything with him. Nothing without him.
- Discuss this reflection.
- Is prayer your first means of action?
should be a model of all the virtues:
he should, in fact, be virtue personified.”