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December 8 (Immaculate Conception)

My friend, you should know that Mary most holy is the work of God and the most perfect one that had come out of his hands after the Humanity of Jesus. In Her shines in a very particular way the Almighty, Wisdom and Goodness of the same God. It is God´s nature to give grace to each creature according to the aim to which he destines and as God  destined Mary to be Mother, Daughter and Spouse of the same God and Mother of the man, it is here it is inferred what sort of heart he will give her and with what sort of graces would he adorn her?” (Carta a un devoto del Corazón de María, en EC II, p. 1498).

MARY, GOD´S WORK

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December 7

The Blessed Virgin Mary rode upon a donkey, both when she went to Bethlehem to give birth to Jesus, her Son, and when she fled with Him into Egypt to deliver Him from Herod. I, too, offer myself to Mary, to be the joyful bearer of devotion to her, to preach about her glories, joys, and sorrows, and to meditate day and night upon these adorable mysteries” (Auto. 668,3).

MISSIONARY CONSECRATION TO MARY

In Mary we have a model missionary. Mary was young, poor and woman of a village lost in Palestine. She was the prototype of the excludes and marginalized ones, and however, it is just to her God sent his angel to tell, “Rejoice, full of grace, the lord is with you” (Lk 1:28). (more…)

December 6

Offer frequently to the eternal Father the most precious blood of his Divine Son Jesus Christ who for this [to save us] wanted to shed all his blood on the cross till the last drop

(Breu noticia de las Instructions de la Arxiucofradia del Santissim é Immaculat Cor de María. Barcelona 1847, p. 122).

SAVED BY THE BLOOD OF CHRIST

Eucharist is the mystery of the most radical and total surrender we can imagine. We have Eucharist because Christ wanted to offer himself –totally- for us. Let us imagine this saving mystery from a physical perspective, as if the more bloody were to be offering, the guaranteed the redemption. (more…)

New digitized work: Marian Writings of Claret

Following with our digitization work, this December we are offering you a new book of high importance for the knowledge of the figure of Claret:

SAN ANTONIO MARIA CLARET ESCRITOS MARIANOS (Marian Writings)

Edition prepared by Jesús BERMEJO, CMF

Preliminary study by José María VIÑAS, CMF

Presentation by Gustavo ALONSO, CMF Superior General

CLARETIAN PUBLICATIONS MADRID 1989 (more…)

December 5

[The person who receives communion] will be like a tree planted near the running waters that will give fruits. We can say with the Apostle, `I live, but it is not I, but Christ lives in me´. Like the grafted tree, if it could speak, it would tell us, `I live, because in the trunk I am what I was before; but I am no more me, but it is the grafted one that lives in me, the spine placed in me and this lives in me and the fruit that I give is not according to the old tree, but according to the new one” (Carta Ascética….. al presidente de uno de los coros de la Academia de San Miguel. Barcelona 1862, p. 34).

TO BE ON FIRE WITH LOVE TO GIVE LIFE

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Presentation of a fundamental book about Claret, in Vic

On November 27, 2019, at 7:30 p.m., the presentation of the book “Las misiones populares del Padre Claret en Cataluña entre 1840 y 1850. Un camino de evangelización en tiempos de crisis” (“The popular missions of Father Claret in Catalonia between 1840 and 1850. An evangelisation path in times of crisis”) took place”; it has been published by Claret Publishing Co., Barcelona 2019, 477 pp.

It is actually the result of the Doctoral Thesis defended by Fr. Carlos Sánchez Miranda, cmf, at the Pontificia Universidad Comillas of Madrid (Spain). It is also the first volume of the “Urget” collection, which will offer studies on the figure of Saint Anthony Mary Claret (1807-1870), his life, mission, text and context.

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December 4

Another force that drives me to preach and hear confessions is my desire to make my neighbour happy

(Auto. 213).

CREATE A JOYFUL WORLD

I have met a lot of persons and when I asked them about the aim of their life, they answer me immediately and automatically, “What I want most and search in this life is… to be happy”. And they repeat it making a solemn pause and try to fill with authenticity and transparency and that makes them to believe that their effort is the noblest of all the imaginable aims.

Claret never belonged to this group of persons (more…)

December 3

May the zeal for the salvation of the souls burn in your heart; this will be the fruit and argument of the love of God in that of yours

(Avisos a un sacerdote que acaba de hacer los ejercicios de San Ignacio. Vich 1844, p. 9).

APOSTOLIC ZEAL

“Where your treasure is, there also your heart will be” (Mt 6.21). This verse presents the reason and intention on our being and doing in life. The heart is the sign of love. For love we dare even to risk our own life to the extent of living and doing what we want. The passion is born of the heart. (more…)

December 2

How much grateful you must be to God for your vocation. I am sure that you will tell me, I am already doing it; and I dare to tell you that you are doing very little and I do it for you, and I constantly pray for you to persevere in the Society of Jesus and to give you a heart ever humble and obedient” (Letter to Fr. Juan N. Lobo, in ECI, page 1376).

THANKS FOR THE VOCATION

“Vocation…”, the word almost not in use in our vocabulary… we speak more of self realization, namely, to make oneself…..as one wants according to his whims and fancies… But speaking of the vocation is to speak about something between two persons: (more…)

December 1

Heart of Mary has been heroically the organ of all the virtues, particularly,  in the love for God and men” (Letter to a devotee of the Heart of Mary, in EC II, p. 1500).

HEART OF MARY, FOUNTAIN OF LOVE

The liturgy helps us to live the mysteries of the life of Jesus. From the Advent till Pentecost the strong moments of the life of the Lord Jesus are passing through the eyes of the disciples. And during the time called “ordinary” time, the values of gospel message of unfurled. In his apostolic letter Rosarium Virginis Mariae, n. 10, John Paul II (more…)