1858. Claret begins directing personalized Spiritual Exercises for the Queen; they are of great importance, after the very recent disorder.
1859. Claret had an extraordinary experience in praying with the passage of the Samaritan woman, especially in the expression: Ego sum.
Mary’s Son And Minister
The prayer I said at the beginning of every mission. O Virgin Mother of God, mother, and advocate of poor and unhappy sinners, you are well aware that I am your son and minister, formed in the forge of your mercy and love. I am like an arrow poised in your mighty hand. Release me, my Mother, with the full force of your arm, against the impious, sacrilegious, and cruel Ahab, wed to the base Jezebel. I mean to say: release me against Satan, the prince of this world, who has made an alliance with the flesh. (Aut 270)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- What does it mean to you to be Mary’s son and minister?
- What does Cordimarian spirituality contribute to your apostolic life?
- What missionary characteristics of Mary in the Gospel do you find most encouraging?
“May all our actions begin in you as their source and tend towards you as their end.”
- Is Mary a source of inspiration in the mission?
in order to become a truly apostolic missionary,
I would have to begin with humility,
which I regard as the foundation for all other virtues.”