July 31, St. Ignatius of Loyola

In St. Ignatius’ Rooms             From the time he lived in Venice St. Eugene always had a great devotion and admiration for Saint Ignatius and the Society of Jesus. Some Jesuits have greatly contributed to his spiritual journey, the Spiritual Exercises of St. Ignatius were a guide for him and the Constitutions of the Jesuits…

July 30: The Role of the Superior

The Role of the Superior             The role of the superior is not just functional. He is not only the group facilitator. His role is also of the sacramental order. Community life lived in faith, in fact, makes Christ present (C 37), of which the superior is a sign (C 81). “The local superior has…

July 29: Fraternity and Obedience

Fraternity and Obedience             Commenting on Constitutions 24 and 25 (1982 text), Fr. Fernand Jetté points out the new understanding of obedience offered by the Second Vatican Council.             Obedience was held as of major importance in the Founder’s thought. As he said already in 1818: “The saints regard this vow as the most important…

July 28: The Superior – Animator of Community Life and Mission

The Superior: Animator of Community Life and Mission             Circular Letter No. 24 (March 5,1872) of Fr. Joseph Fabre, the Superior General, was addressed to the superiors to help them live their assigned task. It is a true masterpiece, 29 pages which should be read in full. Here is a little taste.             The duty…

July 27: Obedience-A Sure Path that Leads to Heaven

Obedience: A Sure Path that Leads to Heaven             Keep repeating to the novices that by their consecration they give themselves to the Church without reservation, that they completely die to the world, to their families and to themselves; that they vow a perfect obedience by which they sacrifice unreservedly their own will so as…

July 26: Oblates, “Obedient Sons”

Oblates, “Obedient Sons”             For Eugene de Mazenod obedience “is the basis of any religious edifice” (To Fr. François Bermond, August 19, 1841) and Oblates should be “obedient sons” (To Fr. Jean-Baptiste Honorat, September 29, 1841).             Let all be intent on making our community very fervent. Fidelity to the Rules, exact discipline, charity, mutual…

July 25, St. James, Apostle

In the Footsteps of the Apostles “Walking in the footsteps of the Apostles” is an expression that comes back over and over in the writings of the Founder. It almost always means to imitate their life of union with Christ and his mission. We find it already in the first letter to Tempier: We have…

July 24: Massacre at La Brosse-Montceaux

Massacre at La Brosse-Montceaux July 24, 1944, five Oblates, who were active in the Resistance, Fathers Christian Gilbert and Albert Lucien Joseph Piat, Brothers Jean-Marie Cluny and Joachim Nio, and the scholastic brother Lucien Perrier, were killed by German soldiers at the scholasticate of La Brosse-Montceaux (France). The whole community was later deported to the…

July 23: John Paul II – A Sign of the Universality of the Church

John Paul II: A Sign of the Universality of the Church             During an audience on September 24,1998, John Paul II addressed the following words to the members of the General Chapter: I am pleased to welcome you at the end of your 33rd General Chapter, whose central theme was evangelization of the poor on…

July 22, St. Mary Magdalene – The Saint of Provence

              According to tradition, Mary Magdalene, her brother Lazarus and her sister Martha, after leaving their homeland to escape persecution, found refuge in Provence. In the thirteenth century, a large basilica was built on the site of previous places of worship at St. Maximin, the cave where Mary Magdalene remained…

July 21: Enamored of the Glory of God

Enamored of the Glory of God Never seeking their own interest but only what pertains to the glory of God and the service of the Church. (St. Eugene to Fr. Honorat, March 26, 1842, Oblate Writings, 1, p. 19) Please God that at Aix they will know how to profit from the gifts of God….

July 20: John Paul II-An Evangelical Missionary Adventure

John Paul II: An Evangelical Missionary Adventure             During the audience of October 2, 1986, John Paul II invited the members of the General Chapter to continue in the missionary spirit of the Founder and of the Congregation.             I noticed a notable convergence of the various regions of the Congregation towards a community missionary…