From tomorrow, the source of this daily reflection will be changing address from Provence to Texas.
As I travel today to begin a new ministry in San Antonio I am grateful for the privilege of becoming part of this great missionary tradition established by Eugene. I am conscious of the challenge to be faithful to the spirit with which he sent the Oblates there, and hopefully something of this will be reflected each day as Eugene de Mazenod speaks to us from the “Lone Star State”
Sending one of the early missionaries to the newly-established Oblate mission of Texas, Eugene had written:
Texas is a land of the future; use all your zeal and all your strength to arrive at good results for the glory of God, the salvation of souls and the honor of our Congregation, the only one, I believe, which is serving that infant Church.
Letter to Fr. Baudrand, 9 January 1853, O.W. II n.170
One hundred and sixty years later, these words proved to have been prophetic, and the good results have continued to be plentiful until today.