May 24, 1859. MARÍA ANTONIA PARÍS RETURNS TO SPAIN from CUBA
May 24, 1859, Maria Antonia and two sisters María Josefa Caixal and María Gertrudis Barril arrived in Spain accompanied by Fr. Currius. In Barcelona the community disembarks and bys big surprise, they are received by Bp. Claret, who with great affection welcomes his daughters with their desire to found a new community which first steps in the Peninsula will go to the heights of the diocese of Urgel, to Tremp.
On this occasion Maria Antonia puts a note in her diary:
(After all events of journey…) "I have said all this because I know that God wants it, so that those who will come learn to suffer something for their spose and trust more in Him than in men because He is a rich Father and has many means in the sea as on earth. Oh! My daughters If I had to count the liberality of God in paying the little we do for his love! We have already seen it and those who will come, the more they will do, the more they will see "(Diario 40).
This house is the second one of the Institute and the first founded in Spain, in Tremp (Lleida) on June 13 of the same year.
Woudl like to visit it today? Enter the Link: http://www.tremp.colegiosclaretianas.org/
Joining the appeal of the National Conference of Bishops of Venezuela, we join the goodwill people in prayer and efforts for peace and justice in this country. Last weeks have seen increasing violence and menace for the democracy that affected especially the most vulnerable people.
Our claretian communities are suffering with people and hoping with them working for the peaceful solution of the conflicts. We pray for the cease of violence and fruitful dialogues.
We pray together: "Oh God you are our God, and we have no other before You; into your hands we entrust our lives, our destiny and the destiny of our Country"
(our school in Caracas children and staff praying Rosary)
It has been the second encounter of the volonteers for the mission service exposure of Korima in Argentina-Humahuaca, orgenized by the Province of Europe. The preparation took place in Nijar (South Spain) where formation on mission was shared and working in team at service of the community of Mercedarian sisters in their ministry with emigrants, live as traning.
The group is formed by our Claretian sisters sisters and lay coming from Italy, Poland and Spain. The exposure will take place in July.
In Caracas, on May 10th, a PYV meeting was held in shared mission with our Claretian Missionary brothers. Our sisters were present: Marisol, Amelia, Susana, Nidiagnis and Maribel.
They tell us: "in the midst of a very hard reality, we are still standing for the Kingdom and its justice" ...
"This situation is getting worse every day, but we are walking with MUCH HOPE ..."
It encourages us that in the midst of challenging reality, they look for paths of life from the Vocation Ministry.
Eery Forth Sunday of Easter, Good Shepherd sunday, we join the intense universal prayer for new vocations, especially for the consecrated life!!! ...
Pope Francis invites us:
"I would like to reflect on the missionary dimension of our Christian calling. Those who drawn by God’s voice and determined to follow Jesus soon discover within themselves an irrepressible desire to bring the Good News to their brothers and sisters through proclamation and the service of charity. All Christians are called to be missionaries of the Gospel! As disciples, we do not receive the gift of God’s love for our personal consolation, nor are we called to promote ourselves, or a business concern. We are simply men and women touched and transformed by the joy of God’s love, who cannot keep this experience just to ourselves. For “the Gospel joy which enlivens the community of disciples is a missionary joy" (EG 21).
I wish heartily to encourage this kind of profound friendship with the Lord, above all for the sake of imploring from on high new vocations to the priesthood and the consecrated life. The People of God need to be guided by pastors whose lives are spent in service to the Gospel. I ask parish communities, associations and the many prayer groups present in the Church, not to yield to discouragement but to continue praying that the Lord will send workers to his harvest. May he give us priests enamoured of the Gospel, close to all their brothers and sisters, living signs of God’s merciful love.
Dear brothers and sisters, today too, we can regain fervour in preaching the Gospel and we can encourage young people in particular to take up the path of Christian discipleship. Despite a widespread sense that the faith is listless or reduced to mere “duties to discharge”, our young people desire to discover the perennial attraction of Jesus, to be challenged by his words and actions, and to cherish the ideal that he holds out of a life that is fully human, happy to spend itself in love." (message for 54th day of prayer for vocations)