1851. Claret visits the Sanctuary of the Virgen del Cobre, which he will consider the Prelate of his diocese.
1861. In Madrid, Claret concludes a mission in the Church of the Comendadoras and begins another in San Cayetano, which ends on the 10th.
Discerning the Lord’s Will
I was very happy in the novitiate where I was always occupied with our classes in catechizing, preaching, and hearing confessions… (Aut 165).
I was making great progress when suddenly one day I felt such a stabbing pain in my right leg that I couldn’t walk. I had to go to the infirmary. Appropriate remedies relieved the pain somewhat but not totally, and it was feared that I might be permanently lame. When the rector saw my condition, he said: What is happening to you is not natural…It makes me think that the Lord wants you for something else. He added: If it’s all right with you, the General should be consulted because he is so good and has so much godly knowledge. We shall consult him. I replied that the plan seemed very good and so I went to see the General. He listened to me attentively, and after he had heard my account of the whole matter he told me, without any hesitation, It is God’s will that you go quickly to Spain. Have no fear. Courage! (Aut 166)
In time I came to see that the Father General had been inspired when he spoke to me… (Aut 167)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
- Do occasional health problems or other negative experiences influence your discernment of God’s will?
- Do you try to see the hand of God in human mediations?
- Have you had the sensation of recognizing in the long run that an assignment that seemed difficult to you was positive in your life?
- Where have your discernment of the Lord’s will led you? What fruits have they born? When have you carried them out?
amid the challenges of our era, the gift of God, which is life,
which becomes personal and community history, which is a gift for others.”