May 17

“The Lord…is the way with the good example he has given us and gives us continually, going ahead of us with the practice of the virtues, doing and teaching. And we, if we are truly Christians, can do no less than follow and imitate him. He is truth itself and so teaches us in his holy Gospel. Finally, he is life which makes us live in the life of grace if we observe his doctrine, because the words he has spoken are spirit and life for us, and also if we receive the holy sacraments,… (more…)

May 16

“The would-be assassin was caught in the act and sent to jail. He was tried and sentenced to death by the judge, not-withstanding the deposition I had made, stating that I forgave him as a Christian, a priest, and an archbishop.”

GENEROUS FORGIVENESS

The author of the attempt on Archbishop Claret’s life in Holguin was condemned to death. But it is interesting to know (more…)

May 15

“He who aspires to the perfection of the unitive way must practise three things, namely: pray heroically, work heroically and suffer heroically.” (El amante de Jesucristo. Barcelona 1848, p. 104).

PRAY, WORK AND SUFFER

Why did Claret choose these three verbs when recommending the practices which he considered infallible for those who desire to reach perfection? Perhaps we may find the answer (more…)

May 14

“Love your neighbour as yourself; love him not for your use and advantage but in God, through God and for the good of your neighbour himself. To love is to desire good; desire it, then, and strive to procure all possible good for him: Love, or charity, is patient and so you must suffer his nuisance and rudeness with charity.”

(Carta Ascética… al presidente de uno de los coros de la Academia de San Miguel. Barcelona 1862, p.8s).    (more…)

May 13

“I tell myself: A Son of the Immaculate Heart of Mary is a man on fire with love, who spreads its flames wherever he goes. He desires mightily and strives by all means possible to set the whole world on fire with God’s love…” (Aut 494).

RADIANT LOVE WHICH BECOMES SELF-GIVING

Only with difficulty will we reach the proposed goals (more…)

May 12

“Love is the queen of virtues; it is like the sun among the stars, like gold among all metals. It is what gives life to all the virtues. But if love is lacking, everything will be lacking, nothing serves, as the Apostle says.” (Carta ascética… al presidente de uno de los coros de la Academia de San Miguel. Barcelona 1862, p. 13).

CENTRALITY OF LOVE

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May 11

“Since my voyage to Rome was not intended as a pleasure trip but one in which to work and suffer for Jesus Christ, I felt that I ought to look for the humblest and poorest place aboard so as to have a better chance of suffering.” (Aut 130).

FOLLOWING CHRIST, POOR AND HUMBLE

Claret went to Rome in order to offer (more…)

May 10

“In the midst of this whirling of ideas, while I was at Mass one day, I remembered reading as a small boy those words of the Gospel: For what does it profit a man, if he gain the whole world and suffer the loss of his soul? This phrase impressed me deeply and went like an arrow that pierced my heart.” (Aut 68).

THE FORCE OF THE WORD

Claret was 20 years old when, (more…)

May 9

“I am even scrupulous about spending anything at all on myself when I think of the needs I can remedy.” (Aut 10).

THINKING OF THE POOREST

On Earth there is enough for every human being to live with dignity. However, the greed of individuals and organisations maintains a large population with subhuman conditions of health, housing, education, etc. (more…)

May 8

“Many of the first Christians renounced the things of this world in order to better follow Jesus Christ. One cannot enter heaven without being and having been poor, at least in spirit.”(Religiosas en sus casas o las Hijas del Santísimo é Inmaculado Corazón de María. Barcelona 1850, p. 122. Edición crítica, Madrid 1990, p. 173s).

DISINTERESTEDNESS

Renunciation means (more…)