As Eugene stresses that the most important aspect of the life of the young persons is to be followers of Jesus Christ, he reminds them to acknowledge this, whatever the consequences. It recalls how, for two hundred years, many of Eugene’s Oblate sons were to put these words into practice at the cost of martyrdom.
Art. 22. And recognizing that the most honourable title for them is that of being Christians, they will courageously defy the lack of human respect from malicious persons and, far from being ashamed to openly profess their faith, they will always and everywhere neglect no opportunity to edify all those with whom they come into contact.
Statuts, Chapitre XII §1
As we celebrate the martyrdom of the young Spanish Oblates of Pozuelo, we cannot help but realize how prophetic this teaching of Eugene’s was. They teach us the full meaning of the concept of oblation
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