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Francisco Palau

Birthdate: 29. December 1811
Date of death: 20. March 1872

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Francisco Palau y Quer, was a Catalan Discalced Carmelite friar and priest. Growing up in the chaos of the Peninsular War in Spain, he followed both the life of a hermit and of a missionary preacher in the rural regions of Catalonia. He founded the School of Virtue—which was a model of catechetical teaching for adults—in Barcelona. In 1860 he founded a mixed Congregation of Third Order of Discalced Carmelites, including both Brothers and Sisters, in the Balearic Islands. The legacy of this foundation is carried on by two religious congregations of women who serve throughout the world.

Working from his tradition of Carmelite spirituality, Palau tried to promote the need of basing the spiritual life on recognizing and returning God's love, as opposed to the rationalist doctrines of the theology of his day. He was beatified by the Catholic Church in 1988. One of his spiritual followers was his great-niece, Teresa of Jesus Jornet, who founded a religious congregation of Carmelite Sisters dedicated to caring for the poor aged. She is honored as a saint.

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Quotes Francisco Palau

„God's great work in man takes place in the Interior.“

—  Francisco Palau
Letter to Juana Gratia (1857), Context: God's great work in man takes place in the Interior. The order that appears and is shown outside is the work and effect of the order inside.

„Now for the other union. The first one sees God as infinitely lovable and beautiful; its aim is the contemplation of his attributes and perfections. The second union sees him as the creator, conserver, governor, redeemer, glorifier and vivifier of the whole world.“

—  Francisco Palau
Letter to Juana Gratia (1857), Context: Now for the other union. The first one sees God as infinitely lovable and beautiful; its aim is the contemplation of his attributes and perfections. The second union sees him as the creator, conserver, governor, redeemer, glorifier and vivifier of the whole world. At certain moments, the spirit of the Lord will move and lead you towards this second union and you have to cooperate. He will be presented to you as the Lord, king and governor of the world, the Lord God of hosts, and wil take you to objects resembling this presence. Since the first union is not strengthened or prefected or completed except in the second, you need to start by this.

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„I live and will live for the Church; I live and will die for her.“

—  Francisco Palau
Vivo y viviré por la Iglesia; vívo y moriré por ella. As quoted in "Father Francisco Palau y Quer A Passion for the Church" by Carmelite Missionaries, Rome, as translated by David Joseph Centner http://www.ourgardenofcarmel.org/palau.html

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