Claretian Week-Model Themes and Suggested Sources for Study

Some formation centers requested the General prefecture to propose some themes for the celebration of Claretian week each year. As the formative needs and cultural contexts of formation centers vary, it would be more helpful if the respective formation centers choose relevant Claretian themes suited to their needs and deepen them each year. The following themes are presented below to orient those centers that look for some ideas.

  1. St. Claret- At the service of life
  2. The missionary vocation of Claret
  3. Holy Eucharist in Claretian life
  4. Martyrial dimension of Claretian Charism
  1. St. Claret: At the service of Life

(Based on the theme of the General Chapter document That they may have life)

Possible topics that could be studied

  • Claret’s God experience and vocation (His experience of the God of life)
  • Living to give life: Mission of Claret and Claretians
  • Claret’s celebration of life: Eucharist as the fountain of his spiritual life
  • Giving up life to gain life: The Martyr dimension of Claretian life, Martyrs of the congregation
  • Sharing life in a community of evangelizers: team work and community life in Claret
  • Claretians in the 3rd millennium- our mission in a situation of violence and terrorism
  • Heart of Mary, spring of life. Mary the mother who nurtures our missionary life

For students of initial levels of formation it may be helpful to suggest simpler topics as follows:

2. The missionary vocation of Claret

(based on Men on Fire with Love)

Possible topics:

  • Claret’s childhood.
  • Claret a young man in search of meaning
  • Role of Claret’s family in his vocation
  • The Spain of Claret’s times
  • The personality of Claret
  • Claret’s vocational discernment
  • factors that influenced his formation
  • Claret’s preparation for ordination

Sources:

Autobiography

Declaration of XXIV General Chapter, Men on Fire with Love, called to live our missionary vocation Today.

Anthony Mary Claret, J.M. Lozano, 1985

Return to the Origins, J.A.Gomez, 1994

Man and mystic of action, J.M. Lozano,

Work and Suffer for Jesus Christ, Cyriac Njayarkulam, 1984

General Chapter document “That they may have life”, 2003

Works of St. Anthony Mary Claret, vol. II.

Word Mission Vol.V: Confessing and witnessing to Life in a hostile world.

Initiation into the Missionary life- Manual for the Claretian novice, Chapters: 4, 5, 6,9,10, 17.

Formation note books: 1, 4, 7, 10, 14, 17, 20

3. Holy Eucharist in Claretian life.

Themes related to the Eucharist based of Claret’s writings, our documents and the recent teachings of the Church are great sources for our study and reflection.

Suggested readings:

Constitutions: 35, 12, 83:

Commentary to constitutions: Vo.2, pp. 494-505; 217, vol. 3, pp. 567-575

Autobiography: consult the index for the relevant numbers.

Works of St. Anthony Mary Claret, Vols. 2 & 3: consult the index for relevant pages

Lozano, Man and Mystic of Action, chapter XVI, pp. 289-300

Lozano, Anthony Claret, life at the service of the Gospel, pp. 406-409

Catechism of the Catholic church: Nos. 1322-1419.

Documents of the Church: Mane Vobiscum Domine

Apostolic exhortation, Sacramentum Caritatis, 2007

4. Giving up our life for Christ: Martyrial dimension of Claretian Charism

Claret’s desire to seal his proclamation of the Word by shedding his blood for Christ was partially

fulfilled at Holguin. But his whole life is a wonderful example of dying to himself to conform to Christ. Our congregation had lived through Calvary at different times when hundreds of our brothers met with brutal torture and martyrdom. The martyrs of Barbastro and Fr. Andreas Sola are testimonies recognized by the church. What does it mean for us to life our fidelity to Jesus today?

Themes related to martyrs and suffering for Christ would help us to know our martyrs closer and our own vocation deeper.

Suggested readings:

Autobiography: consult the index on suffering, Persecution for relevant numbers

Works of Saint Anthony claret Vols. III. Consult the index on suffering, persecution and slanders.

Lozano, Mystic and Man of action, chapter XIII pp. 238-253 and conclusion p. 303

Lozano, Anthony Claret, A life at the service of the Gospel, Chapter XIII, pp.445 ff.

Barbastro Martyres

Aquilino Bocos, Formation and Martyrdom, May 2000.

Letter of Fr. General march 28, 2005

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