1865. Claret is greatly disappointed: a woman has given birth and the father, apparently, is one of the chaplains of El Escorial. She wants Claret to give her the salary of the said chaplain. Claret orders that he be expelled.
1868. With the return of the part of the house in Vic still pending, Claret advises Fr. Joseph Xifre to write to the Senator Santiago de Tejada, who greatly favored the Congregation.
The Academy of St. Michael
While I am on the subject of books, I must mention the support given the Libreria Religiosa by the Academy of St. Michael, approved by His Holiness, Pius IX and by royal charter. Their Majesties, the Queen and King are, in fact, members of its first ranks. The Academy’s board of directors meets in Madrid every Sunday to carry out the objectives of its bylaws. There are a number of branches in Madrid and in all the major cities of Spain, and the amount of good they are doing is incalculable. (Aut 332).
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
Claret was committed to the evangelization of culture through bringing together artists, writers, and professionals of his time.
- What commitment do you have to the evangelization of culture?
- Does your lack of commitment to your formation make you look for excuses not to get involved in this difficult apostolate?
- What possibilities and difficulties do you find?
is due to a lack of the creativity that is needed to give new expressions
to the charism of the Institute, and to thus let it continue
to enrich the life of the Church and foster its mission in the world.”
(Josep M Abella, Missionaries, p. 49)