December 4 : Come Aside to Rest Awhile

Come Aside to Rest Awhile             Mgr. Vital Grandin, a great missionary of Northern Canada, considered prayer essential to carry out his apostolate.             “Come away by yourselves to a deserted place and rest a while.” (Mk 6:31) If the Apostles needed this invitation from Jesus, they who were at the school of the Master,…

December 3, St. Francis Xavier

Canonization of Eugene de Mazenod On December 3, 1995, the first Sunday of Advent, John Paul II proclaimed Eugene de Mazenod a saint. From the homily of the Pope:             The coming of the Son of man is the theme of Advent. The new Liturgical Year begins with it. We look already towards the night…

December 2: The Beginning of the Mission in Canada

The Beginning of the Mission in Canada             On December 2, 1841, Fr. Jean-Baptiste Honorat, together with four other Oblates, arrived at the house of Bishop Bourget in Montreal. Thus began the presence of the Congregation in Canada. From there in just a few years, the Oblates travelled across all of North America settling in…

December 1 : Meditation on the Love of God

Meditation on the Love of God God deserves to be loved because he is infinitely lovable. Because he loved us infinitely. We feel in ourselves a tendency, a need to love. If we direct this love to creatures we miss our goal because they cannot satisfy our insatiable desires. The emptiness, the remorse one experiences…

November 30

Augustin Dontenwill Fifth Superior General (1908-1931) November 30, 1931, Archbishop Augustin Dontenwill, the fifth Superior General, died in Rome. Born in 1857 in France he migrated to United States at the age of 15 and later completed his education at the University of Ottawa, joining the Oblates in 1880. He was ordained a priest in…

November 29: Immaculate Conception Novena Begins

Immaculate Conception Novena Begins             On October 3, 1855 St. Eugene, when giving the Imprimatur for publication of a novena of the Immaculate composed by Father Lagier (The first edition was in 1849.), writes that it is “for our diocese and for all the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.” The custom of…

November 29 : Victor Lelièvre (1876-1956)

Victor Lelièvre (1876-1956) Apostle of the Sacred Heart He was born in Brittany (France) March 4, 1876 and died in Quebec on November 29,1956. Upon arriving in Canada, in 1903, he devoted himself to preaching the Gospel “in a season and out of season.” In Québec City, every first Friday of the month for 25…

November 28 : Oblate Martyrs of Spain

Oblate Martyrs of Spain    The martyrdom of 22 Oblates, priests, brothers and scholastics, in Pozuelo de Alarcón (Madrid), happened during the period of the great religious persecution in Spain, in the three years 1936-1939, when thousands of Christians were killed for belonging to the Church. The first seven Oblates were taken from the scholasticate…

Novembre 27 : Madonna of the Miraculous Medal

Madonna of the Miraculous Medal November 27, 1830 the Virgin Mary appeared to Catherine Labouré. She was dressed in a white silk dress, enclosed in an oval frame, almost as if outlining a sketch of a medal and surrounded by an inscription in gold letters: “O Mary conceived without sin, pray for us who have…

November 26: St. Leonard of Port Maurice

St. Leonard of Port Maurice The name of Saint Leonard is in the Congregation’s litany of the saints. St. Eugene considered him a model of missionary preaching. When Forbin-Janson was in Rome, he asked him to bring him the Life of the Bl. Leonard of Port Maurice, his Discorso mistico or other writings for the…

November 24: St. Eugene’s Austerity

St. Eugene’s Austerity The whole life of Jesus my model was a perpetual cross and a continual martyrdom…. I will act in such a way that this spirit of penance be so impressed on my soul, that I seize with joy every occasion of practicing it. It must flow into everything, both exterior and interior….

November 23: Thoughts on Mortification

Thoughts on Mortification    Ministers of the Gospel must hold in highest regard Christian mortification if they wish to reap abundant fruits from their labors. Consequently, the members of our Society will earnestly wage war upon their internal inclinations, their passions, and in all things seek to deny their own will. In imitation of the…