Who was it?
Born on 29 December 1811 in Aytona (Lérida), Spain. He studied philosophy and theology at the Seminary of Lérida. He professed as a Discalced Carmelite on 15 November 1833.
Due to political events in Spain, he was exiled to France from 1840 to 1851. In 1843, he led an intense solitary life in the vicinity of the sanctuary of Notre Dame de Livron. He returned to Spain in April 1851; he was incardinated in the diocese of Barcelona; he founded the "School of Virtue" in November of the same year. When the "School" was suppressed, he was confined to Ibiza on 9 April 1854, where he lived deeply the mystery of the Church.
In the Balearic Islands he founds the congregations of the Brothers and the Carmelite Sisters. In January-March 1872 he writes and publishes the Rules and Constitutions of the Tertiary Order of Discalced Carmelites, which are printed in Barcelona.
He died in Tarragona on 20 March 1872.
What was it like?
In love with silence, retreat and solitude, he is and feels himself to be both an apostle and a tireless preacher: he sees the re-Christianisation of the Spanish and European environment as an authentic work of evangelisation.
Leadership was one of the channels through which he transmitted his spirit most effectively and authentically to the members of the religious family of the Missionary Carmel; this is reflected in his letters. His facet as a catechist and renovator was evident in the great work of the "School of Virtue" in Barcelona.
He was a writer, more out of pastoral demands than out of vocation or consecration to the pen. Nevertheless, he managed to compose original pages that occupy a privileged place in the religious and spiritual literature of 19th century Spain.