September 25 A Heart as Big as the World

A Heart as Big as the World The invitation made by one of his episcopal colleagues, Bishop Bertaud of Tulle, still merits emphasizing: “Go to Marseille. There is a bishop there whose Congregation is still small, but the man himself has a heart as big as St. Paul’s, as big as the world”. These are…

September 24: The Oblates’ Secret Formula

The Oblates’ Secret Formula Einstein discovered a hidden secret of nature, when he discovered his famous formula, e = mc2, that energy equals mass multiplied by the square of the speed of light. […] Is there such a secret hidden in the mission of the Oblates? […] Our Founder started with his personal mission work….

September 23: Give Me Your Love

Give Me Your Love             Jesus, good master, turn a look of compassion on your poor servant. It seems to me that I love you but I am afraid of deceiving myself…. I repeat, I am afraid of deceiving myself and while I believe I love you, you would see… that in fact I do…

September 22: Francis Eugene George (1937-2015) Cardinal, Archbishop of Chicago

Francis Eugene George (1937-2015) Cardinal, Archbishop of Chicago             July 10, 1990, Pope John Paul II appointed Father Francis Eugene George bishop of Yakima, in the United States. Born in Chicago January 16, 1937, he was ordained a priest on December 21, 1963. After teaching for a few years, he was elected Vicar General of…

September 20 Oraison before the Blessed Sacrament

Oraison before the Blessed Sacrament Oraison before the Blessed Sacrament is an initiative of St. Eugene, that he left us as a typical prayer of the Congregation. At St. Sulpice it was done only once a week and it is not found in the other Rules in which the Founder sought inspiration. I must say…

September 19: Emmanuel ‘Mabathoana (1904-1966)

Emmanuel ‘Mabathoana (1904-1966) The First Mosotho Bishop           On September 19, 1966, the Archbishop Emmanuel ‘Mabathoana died of a heart attack on a plane while he was on his way to attend the Conference of Bishops of South Africa in Pretoria.             Emmanuel ‘Mabathoana, is a descendant of the famous Moshesh, a leader of Basutoland,…

September 18: Prayer in the Life of the Oblate

Prayer in the Life of the Oblate             According to St. Eugene we cannot be apostolic men without an interior life, without seriously and always striving for holiness. To do this it is necessary to pray always and not to lose heart.    Imitating these illustrious models, [Our Lord Jesus Christ, the chief founder of…

September 17: For Perseverance in Our Vocation

For Perseverance in Our Vocation             Almighty, eternal God, you have called me, your unworthy servant, through no merit of my own, but solely out of your great mercy, to serve your divine Son in the Congregation of the Immaculate Virgin Mary. Humbly I pray, through the merits of the precious blood of our divine…

September 16: I Want to Love You

I Want to Love You My God, double, triple, increase my strength a hundredfold that I may love you, not merely as much as I can, that is nothing, but that I love you as much as did the saints, as much as your holy Mother loved and loves you. My God, that is not…

September 15, Our Lady of Sorrows

Prayer to Mary, Lady of Sorrows             O Lord, almighty God, you endowed the Blessed Virgin Mary with the fullness of every gift and grace; by allowing her heart to be pierced with the deepest sorrow, you crowned her merit and placed her at the head of countless legions of martyrs who for love of…

September 14, Exaltation of the Holy Cross

The Cross at the Center             The mystery of the Savior’s passion will have first place in the heart of the novices…. Words like Passion, Calvary, etc., should thrill them, filling them with love for Jesus and a desire to imitate him. May the cross be among the most prized objects of their piety. Let…

September 13: Motivation and Tools for Perseverance

Motivation and Tools for Perseverance             The first motive, the greatest support for our fidelity is the example of Jesus himself and the power of his Spirit. “Jesus always loved those who were his own in the world and to the very end he showed how perfect his love was… His Spirit inspires all Christians…