1857. Claret arrives in Havana, on his way to the Peninsula; the Bishop and the civil authorities receive him with great honors. He will be in Havana until April 12th, carrying out an intense apostolate.
1859. The Queen appoints Claret as the protector (supreme authority) of the Montserrat hospital. At the end of the summer, he will move there.
The Religious Press
In order to be able to give books away or to sell them as cheaply as possible, I planned on setting up a Religious Press under the protection of our Lady of Montserrat, patroness of Catalonia, and that of the glorious St. Michael. I shared my plans with Fr. Caixal and Fr. Palau, who were then canons of the cathedral at Tarragona and are now Bishops of Urgel and Barcelona, respectively. They are still running it under the immediate direction of an administrator. (Aut 329)
Through the offices of the Religious Publishing House, both clergy and laity have been and are still able to purchase good books, the best available and at the lowest prices. In fact, no press in Spain offers books printed as correctly or with the same quality of type and paper as those printed by the Libreria Religiosa… (Aut 331)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- What does it mean for you today to continue the missionary work of an Apostle of the Press like Claret was?
- How do you think your Province or Delegation could commit itself to the apostolate in various communications media?
- How are you doing that?
in a permanent state of acceptance of the gift of God
that transforms us at each moment,
and thus launches us into mission.”