One day young Félix raised
his hand in the schoolyard to indicate he wished to become a
missionary. Since that time, God accepted his gift of
himself. Félix was 19.
Then on February 4, 1903, God
showed him new horizons and invited him to follow Jesus more
closely, carrying His Cross, on the way to Calvary, to
fulfill the will of the Father and save his brothers and
sisters. And Father Félix decided to follow Christ, Priest
After a year which he
considered to be "his novitiate" on the new path of the
Works of the Cross, he asked his superiors for permission to
establish the missionaries of the Holy Spirit because the
Lord had asked him to do so.
They made fun of him. They
considered him deluded. They denied him the permission. They
sent him to beg and teach children...
For ten years, he obeyed,
suffered and trusted in God. For ten years, he surrendered
to the will of God without reservation. He was willing to do
whatever God decided: to establish the new Congregation or
to do nothing.
In 1914, he obtained the
desired permission, but only for two years. He returned to
Mexico at age 53 and found it in the worst moment of its
history. Without wasting a day, he started to struggle to
fulfill the task that the Lord had entrusted to him. But the
temporary permissions expired, three times for two years and
once for five. And each time, the humble founder was ready
to obey, to leave everything if that was God's will, "and go
to the remotest island in the Oceania missions."
Finally, after eleven years
of anguish over deadlines, he was granted the final
permission: he was now a missionary of the Holy Spirit
forever. But just then, the religious persecution hit him
with all its violence. They closed his churches, confiscated
his houses, and persecuted him with the intention of killing
him. Moreover, he accepted everything because "God permits
it and He is above all our Father". And he encouraged the
depressed and consoled the downtrodden and prayed for his
enemies, and yearned to give his life for his Lord.
Since 1903, Jesus had invited
him to climb His Cross. And he remained there for 33 years:
five in Barcelona, five in Saint Chamond and twenty-three in
Mexico during the revolution. What perseverance! What
Martyrdom would have been
easier. But God wanted Father Félix to be the model for
those who accept the Cross of Christ by remaining nailed to
it every day with unalterable tenacity until the Cross of
illness breaks the Cross of this life and the glorious light
of Easter appears.
If we want to study the
spirituality of the Cross, let us read the writings of
Conchita Cabrera and Archbishop Luis Martínez.
However, if we need an accessible model who encourages us to
live it, let us pay attention to the life of Father Félix.
Here is a hero who does not
blind us with the glory of his exploits. He was a simple man
who knew how to carry his daily cross faithfully, and who
knew how to lighten the load, with love for the Father and
for a community of brothers.
Because Father Félix was not
one of those solitary heroes. He helped many to walk along
carrying their cross and always let others help him carry
his. He always sought life in community; he loved his
friends and his brothers and accepted their love of him
Father Félix is a good model
for common, ordinary people. It is easy to walk alongside
him because his path is simple: to do the will of God who is