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Saturday, 29 December 2012

A MAN BORN FOR A MISSION


 I WILL GO WHEREVER THE GLORY OF GOD CALLS ME”

                                                                    - BLE. FRANCISCO PALAU

EVERY MAN IS A CHILD OF HIS OWN TIMES. NO ONE CAN BLAME FOR BEING BORN INTO PARTICULAR HISTORICAL CIRCUMSTNACES.

 IT IS SAID THAT WHAT DO WITH WHAT YOU’VE GOT THAT MAKES THE DIFFERENCE. FRANCISCO PALAU WAS NOT DIFFERENT FROM THE REST OF MEN IN BEING BORN A CHILD OF HIS TIMES. 

WHAT SET HIM APART IN THAT TROUBLED AGE WAS HIS CLEAR AWARNESS, THE EAGER WAY IN WHICH HE STUDIED THE SIGNS OF HIS TIMES, AND HIS DETERMINED AND CREATIVE RESPONSE TO THEM. 

HE FULLY REALIZED HIS HUMANITY AND JUSTLY OCCUPIES A PLACE AMONG THE GREAT FIGURES OF THE NINETEENTH CENTURY.


FRANCISCO PALAU WAS BORN ON A COLD MORNING OF DECEMBER 29, 1811 IN AYTONA IN THE SPANISH PROVINCE OF LERIDA. 
HE WAS A TRUE CARMELITE AND A PASSIONATE MISSIONARY. ONE CANNOT THINK OF THIS ASCETIC AND MYSTIC SO PASSIONATELY DEVOTED TO THE POOREST OF THE POOR. HE SPENT HIMSELF WITHOUT COUNTING THE COST. 

“ WHEN GOD CALLS ME, THERE IS NOTHING I DO NOT ASSERT AND GO THROUGH THINCK AND THIN, HOWEVER TERRIBLE AND UNPLEASANT”- BLE. FRANCISCO PALAU

HE CHALLENGES US TO DO THE SAME, TO PRESS ON TIRELESSLY WHENEVER LOVE MAY CALL US IN THE SERVICE OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS.

“ I HAVE TO GO FROM ONE TO THE OTHER EXTREME OF SPAIN AND WORK WITH ALL MY STRENTH FOR THE SALVATION OF SOULS, WHEREVER THE WAY IS OPEN FOR ME”- BLE. FRANCISCO PALAU.

TODAY HIS DAUGHTERS HAVE REACHED NOT ONLY TO THE ENDS OF SPAIN BUT TO THE ENDS OF THE EARTH. THE CMT AND THE CM’S ARE PRESENT ALL OVER THE WORLD, RENDERING THE HUMBLE SERVICE TO THE POOR AND THE NEEDY.

 





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