THE AIM OF FORMATION: TO LEARN HOW TO BE FULLY IN GOD

Eugene used to spend the days around the First Friday of each month with the community in Aix. After this particular visit he wrote with joy about his experience with the novices – those men who were involved in the intense year of formation to become Missionaries.

What consoles me is that the life which our novices lead in the Society is a life so regular, so fully in God that one could regard it as a continual retreat.

Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 8 June 1824, EO VI n 142

He was insistent on the importance of this year as a period to lay foundations for a lifetime of being and doing all for God. If the novices learnt how to “be fully in God,” then this internal attitude would accompany them throughout their missionary life, no matter how busy they were.

Eugene’s concern for all of us continues today:

We achieve unity in our life only in and through Jesus Christ. Our ministry involves us in a variety of tasks, yet each act in life is an occasion for personal encounter with the Lord, who through us gives himself to others and through others gives himself to us.”     CC&RR, Constitution 31

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One Response to THE AIM OF FORMATION: TO LEARN HOW TO BE FULLY IN GOD

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    This is almost like a freebie for the day. I noticed this morning that there were two for the day an so instead of revisiting the one from this am I decided to just read. Yeah right! I feel like I have read/heard this before, recently. I was caught! A “continual retreat”. A time for letting go, receiving, being filled and sent. And yet I have to say that even this place of reflection, sharing and conversation could almost be like a short ‘mini’ retreat. There is so much.

    And then the kicker. “We achieve unity in our life only in and through Jesus Christ. Our ministry involves us in a variety of tasks, yet each act in life is an occasion for personal encounter with The Lord, who through us gives himself to others and through others gives himself to us.” WOW! Isn’t this what each of us wants, is this not the ultimate truth. It is exactly this which I spoke of today with my SD (or at least that is some of what I came away with). So tonight I pause for just a little while – reviewing my day and in light of this reflection – oddly it fills me with quiet happiness. At this moment I am thinking of so many people – each of whom is pure gift, those from the weekend before last, to a friend who I met with last night. You draw the best forth from me.

    The aim of all of life: to learn and live how to be fully in God.

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