1855. Claret writes to Currius about some details of the farm in Puerto Principe (Cuba).
1867. Claret tells Fr. Xifre he will finance the edition of the Meditations, Talks, and Sermons for the Congregation, which is the project that will lead to the Directory, the Espiritu de la Congregacion [Spirit of the Congregation] and El Auxiliar de los Misioneros [The Assistant of the Missionaries].
Good Books Within Everyone’s Reach
In our day, then, there is twice the need for circulating good books. But these books must be small because modern people rush about so much and are pressed on all sides by a thousand different demands…and travel everywhere—so that a thick tome is just not going to be read. It will merely sit around gathering dust on the shelves of bookstores and libraries… (Aut 312)
Thanks be to God, all my books have had happy results, but the ones that I think have converted more people have been The Straight Path and The Catechism Explained. I meet a great number of people who attribute their conversion to reading these two books. Even here in the royal court, not a day goes by but that I meet someone who has resolved to change his life as a result of reading one of these books. (Aut 323)
In all the books I have published I have sought no financial gain, but only God’s greater glory and the good of souls. I have never made a penny’s profit from the works I have seen through the presses. On the contrary I have given away thousands upon thousands of free copies. I am still doing so today and hope to be doing so until I die; for I consider this to be the best alms one could possibly give nowadays. (Aut 328)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Do you facilitate the promotion of evangelization materials?
- Do you use new social communications media to evangelize?
- Do you continue to value the Word and care for its proclamation?
If I am or have anything else, I have received it all from God.”