May 7 (Canonisation)

“Christian perfection consists, in addition to loving God and neighbour through his love, in doing and practicing all that Christ prescribed, detaching oneself from all earthly things and attachments. God is love, and he who abides in love, abides in God and God in him. Love is the bond of perfection.”

(L’egoismo vinto. Roma 1869, p. 57. Retrotraducido en EE p. 415).            (more…)

May 6

“The most pious reading that we can have is the holy Gospel… We must meditate upon it and conform our conduct with the moral rule which is given to us in it by Jesus Christ: there is found truth free from all error.” (Carta Ascética… al presidente de uno de los coros de la Academia de San Miguel. Barcelona 1862, p. 45s).

WORD OF TRUTH AND LIFE

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May 5

“O my God and my Father, may I know you and make you known; love you and make you loved; serve you and make you served; praise you and make all creatures praise you.” (Aut 233).

APOSTOLIC PRAYER

This prayer is universally known as Fr Claret’s ‘apostolic prayer’. It is possibly one of the most well-known and popular sentences which he wrote. (more…)

May 4

“My address, during the few days I stayed there, was at Vic. From this city I would set out with a list of the towns I had to preach in.” (Aut 193).

ROVING, LIKE THE APOSTLES

Vic is a blessed city. Except for distances, shades and circumstances Vic was for Fr Claret and his first companions what ‘Capernaum’ was for Jesus and his first community of disciples. (more…)

May 3

“First of all we must ask God as St Augustine did: Noverim te, noverim me: Let me, Lord, know who You are and know who I am. Although infinitely inferior to God, man, made in his likeness, is his image. God, and God only, can be and is the appropriate object for man’s tendencies; God, and God only, can be and is the centre of man and only in him, therefore, can man’s heart find rest.” (El ferrocarril. Barcelona 1857, p.23).

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May 2

“I will ask the Blessed Virgin Mary for a burning love, perfect union with God, the most profound humility, and a desire to be held in contempt.” (Aut 749.1).

PRAY TO MARY

“I will ask…”· Claret prays. But what is praying? Teresa of Jesus said: “Prayer is nothing else than a close sharing between friends; it means taking time frequently to be alone with (more…)

May 1

“The whole ambition of a soul that loves God must consist in surpassing others in humility… He who loves God, does God’s will. God’s will is known through obedience, need and charity.” (Resolutions from 1860, Retreat of the 29th October-7th November 1860, 11-12.).

SEEK GOD’S WILL

You already know what Mary meant in Claret’s life. (more…)

April 30

“…the priest who works without meekness serves Satan, not Christ.”  (Aut. 376).

THE MEEK CONQUER

In the first letter of St. Peter, presbyters of the Church are asked not to “lord over those entrusted to you but being examples to the flock” (1Pe 5, 3).  Without doubt, at the beginning of the Church, there were pastors, who, carried away by an exaggerated (more…)

April 29

“Reading good books has always been considered highly useful, but nowadays it is a real necessity. I say that it is nowadays a necessity because there is such a passion for reading that if people don’t have good books they’ll read bad ones. Books are the food of the soul…” (Aut. 311).

NOURISH THE SPIRIT

Obviously in our epoch, reading has collided with the boom (more…)

April 28

“All things, even the most insignificant, reveal to us the power of God, his wisdom, his goodness and other attributes. When you contemplate all these wonders and works of God, you cannot but exclaim like Saint Augustine: Lord, heaven and earth and all things invite me to love you, my God! …”  

(Carta Ascética…al presidente de uno de los coros de la Academia de San Miguel. Barcelona 1862, p.7s).                  (more…)