St. Anthony Claret
This saint, born in 1807, was no stranger to hard work. He labored as a weaver before being ordained a priest in 1835. Father Anthony became the founder of a religious order, the Missionary Institute of Sons of the Immaculate Heart of Mary (the Claretians). This tireless man of God preached the Gospel in Spain, the Canary Isles, Cuba, etc. He was a great believer in a strong Catholic press and he followed the proceedings of the First Vatican Council with interest.
After suffering trials and exile, Archbishop Anthony Claret died in 1870 and was declared a saint in 1950.
Let us ask St. Anthony the grace to preach with our lives the love and patience which lit his life.
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