I imagine that I see in that church (community of Reus-Spain) the Most Blessed Sacrament, Mary and Joseph… Yes I see the grotto of Bethlehem; you have to be the donkey by your humility (…) the community has to imitate the ox by its patience, constancy and love for work; it has to warm the baby with its love(…) Certainly you will laugh at my simplicity. It does not matter because I am happy, and like King David who danced in front of the Ark, I too say these silly things in front of the Most Holy Sacrament that is in that little grotto. St. Anthony Mary Claret, Founder of the Claretian Missionary Sisters. Letter to Maria Antonia 7/21/1867.
|This virtue (poverty) should be so precious that it
was the first one that the Most Holy Humanity of Our Lord Jesus Christ
practiced, being born in a shoddy manger, poorer than all the poor in the
world. Oh poverty of my God, who could
inherit your riches! Christ Our Lord
taught us all the virtues in a heroic degree because it was God’s own virtue,
but it seems that he wanted to inculcate Holy Poverty in a particular way
(because she was his inseparable companion.
He is born very poor, lives in utmost poverty and dies in extreme
necessity), as the foundation of evangelical life. María
Antonia París, Foundress of the Claretian Missionary Sistrers. Plan for the
Renewal of the Church 48.