As Claretian missionaries, we are born of her heart, formed, and accompanied by the same heart. As Pope Saint John Paul II observed in his Redemptor Hominis, “the mystery of the Redemption took shape beneath the heart of the Virgin of Nazareth when she pronounced her ‘fiat’.
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Born at Avila in Spain in the year 1515. She joined the Carmelite order and she made great progress in the way of perfection and enjoyed mystic revelations. She undertook the reform of the order and in this she had to endure great trails, but overcame them all by her indomitable spirit.
The Congregation and each one of us must be prepared to be witnesses for the Kingdom under any circumstances and context. May we not lack the spiritual strength that allowed our brothers to live their lives with a joyful fidelity during a most difficult time in the history of Spain. It is a glorious page of congregational history, which we must not only remember but continue to build upon
This coming Saturday, July 16th, the Claretian Missionaries celebrate the 162nd anniversary of their Foundation. St. Anthony M. Claret gathered in Vic (Catalonia, Spain) five young priests filled with missionary zeal. The missionaries are now in 65 countires, willing to bring the Gospel to everyone.
The consumer society, information overload and the rush are slowly drugging us and very often we do not realize it. They inject in our veins the venom of a soft nihilism that seems to repeat this message: "Do not complicate life. Nothing will change. Let each follow his path. Do not bother."