1865. Claret starts a mission in the Church of the Pious School of San Fernando (Madrid). Some have advised him against preaching because they believe that his life is in danger. The persecution had intensified. However, it was very successful.
1865. Claret allows for the formation of a choir in the Academy of St. Michael in Medina de Rioseco (Valladolid).
Bodily and Spiritual Physician
After I had settled in the parish of Viladrau as regent, I did my best to care for the spiritual welfare of the people. On Sundays and feast days I explained the Gospel in the morning at the main Mass, and in the evening, I taught catechism to children and adults of both sexes. I visited the sick daily. As Viladrau was not a fortified town, the opposing political factions seized control of it from time to time. Because doctors are usually public figures, they were so harassed by all the factions that they were eventually forced to move, and so the town was left without a single doctor. (Aut 170)
Thus I had to become not only the spiritual but also the bodily physician of the people, on the basis of my general knowledge and consultation of the medical books I procured. When some doubtful case arose, I would look it up in my books, and the Lord so blessed my remedies that none of those I visited died. And so the word got around that I was healing people, and the sick came in from various places around. (Aut 171)
FOR PERSONAL REFLECTION
In the absence of doctors, Claret does not hesitate to attend to the sick with natural medicine and prayer.
- In your apostolic life do you have a relationship with the sick?
- How do you relate the human and the spiritual in your missionary service?
must not be a torture chamber but rather an encounter with the Lord’s mercy which spurs us on to do our best.”
(Francis, Evangelii gaudium, 44)