In this space you will find the testimony of people who are living the missionary spirituality of St. Anthony Mary Claret. They share with us how they have found in Claret a travel companion to live their spirituality as followers of missionary Jesus Christ. The first testimony corresponds to a Claretian missionary in Latin America. Little by little, we will try to post further contributions from different people around the world. We hope that this fraternal space will help us all to live our own spiritual path with renewed passion. We will be more than pleased if you want to share with us your personal experience by sending us your written contribution!
I first heard about San Antonio María Claret at home, when I was very young, few years after his canonization. My mother-side grandmother used to tell me that in Viladrau, where she spent some summer time in her childhood, local people still remembered and commented the apostolic activity of the Saint with great admiration and devotion, his healings and especially the miracle of extinguishing a fire in that village. (more…)
With utmost affection I date back to Teresa, my matern grandmother. My childhood years are accompanied by her, I visit with her the chapel that the Claretian missionaries had in Conde De La Cañada Street in Ciudad Real. In that place in La Mancha, whose name I do want to remember, a good number of novices gathered, who endured harsh winters and hot summers. In the evenings she liked to pray the rosary with her grandchildren, and there and then was how I began the pious relationship with Mary, which later became that of a son, lover and shelter. (more…)
The first memory of our Founder that I keep in my mind is from when I was six years old, on the occasion of his canonization, on May 7, 1950. The students of the School of the Heart of Mary marched down the streets, with little flags of the Vatican in our hands and singing a hymn that became popular: “Cantem tots amb veu fervent del gran Claret la glòria i santedat…” (Let us sing with fervent voice the glory and sanctity of the great Claret…). Claret has been a familiar figure to me since my childhood. The episodes that Claret himself relates in his Autobiography and that we found illustrated in children’s publications were part of my imaginary world naturally: (more…)
I have had some difficulty in writing how my encounter with Claret happened and in doing so I have discovered the wealth of gifts that have been appearing in my life and of which in some moments I was not quite aware of.
I am the eldest daughter of six siblings. My initial formation, both cultural and religious, was with the Dominican Religious Sisters of the Annunciata, in Vic. In my house I lived the need of prayer; my father, tired of all day work, at night, directed the pray the rosary. (more…)
The truth is that my encounter with Claret was not an early one. It is true that with a mother from Aranda and living in contact with the Claretians of Buen Suceso, near my house, one might think otherwise, but it was not so. When I entered the Claretian seminary at the age of 10, I was studying at a school of the Brothers of the Christian Schools and I knew more about Saint John Baptist de la Salle than about Claret. And things went no better during my formation years, not even during the 5 years I spent in Rome as a student and where I am now. To be honest, I began to discover Claret in Segovia, while we were working with the postulants in a simple project called Claret’s Footprints. (more…)