1861. Fr. Currius leaves Claret in Madrid and moves to El Escorial with different responsibilities.
1862. Claret participates in the episcopal consecration of Gregorio Martinez, Archbishop of Manila.
The Means of Catechizing Adults
The Third Means. The most productive means I have used has been adult instruction. It has helped me rescue adults from an ignorance that is greater than one might imagine, even in the case of persons who hear sermons frequently. Preachers often take it for granted that their listeners are well instructed, while the fact is that instruction is precisely what most Catholics lack. The use of instruction has the further advantage of informing adults of their respective obligations and teaching them how to go about fulfilling them. (Aut 287)
During a parish mission, I gave these instructions every day except the first…the subject was always the Commandments of God’s Law, which I explained at greater or lesser length…For the occasion, I brought along a portfolio containing explanations of the commandments in general, as well as leaflets on individual commandments with topics related to each commandment. I used these materials on the basis of the number of days I had to preach in the town and also on the basis of particular local customs or vices that needed to be corrected and virtues that needed to be cultivated or fostered. For it was my practice, before I went to a town, to make inquiries in advance, and in view of what I was told or discovered on my own, I applied the proper remedy. (Aut 288)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- What place does adult Christian formation occupy in your apostolic life?
- Do you think that there are large gaps of formation in the people who frequent our centers of apostolate?
- Do you try to contextualize the content of your evangelization to the reality in which you find yourself?
- From your ministerial experience, what are the evangelizing challenges in working with adults?
- To answer any questions, a round table composed of believers and non-believers could be organized.
through a style of life and an apostolic action
that go to the very root of domination and oppression,
in the attempt to create and consolidate a truly inclusive world,
in which no-one is marginalized from human fraternity.”
(Josep M. Abella Batlle, Missionaries, p. 44)