1853. Claret publishes his great Pastoral Letter, the fruit of the visit he recently concluded. He will send it to the Pope and to many bishop friends.
1858. Bishop Joseph Caixal has already accepted a foundation in his diocese of the nuns from Cuba. Claret gives various guidelines for creating the document for the Government, among others, those concerning the subsidies required by the Concordat.
The Means of the Spiritual Exercises
Fifth Means: the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius. As I have already mentioned elsewhere, I have made the Spiritual Exercises every year of my life since I was a student. I first made them following the text of St. Ignatius when I was in Rome-once by myself, upon arriving in that city, and again in the Society of Jesus, before I had to leave it because of illness. The Jesuit Fathers themselves conducted these, which were the ones that made the most lasting impression on me. (Aut 306).
The Exercises of St. Ignatius are one of the most powerful tools I have used in the conversion of priests, which is without doubt one of the most difficult of undertakings. Nevertheless, I have seen the most gratifying results in a great number of priests who have been truly converted, and not a few of them have turned out to be very zealous and fervent preachers… (Aut 308).
I have also given them several times to the laity, to men and women separately, each in turn, and I have noticed that the results have been more solid and lasting than those of missions. For this reason I published a book entitled The Exercises of St. Ignatius, explained by me… (Aut 309).
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Do you practice the Spiritual Exercises each year, in a special way and with due care? (cf. CC 52).
- Do you give Spiritual Exercises to different types of audiences?
When we stop struggling to find God and instead allow ourselves to experience life, we will be drawn into the Divine presence and essence.”
(Paul Coutinho, Just as You Are, p. 7)