The Missionary Oblates of Saint Charles thus constituted have four houses and a hostel at the present. They are serving in six large dioceses. They are entrusted with the hospitals of Aix, the prisons of Marseilles, the prisons of Aix, and the shrine of Notre-Dame du Laus. Bishops are calling them to assume the direction of their seminaries. They have, furthermore, the consolation of enjoying the affection and esteem of their Superiors and fellow citizens.
Eugene is showing the Pope how the ministry of the Oblates took “them out of the box” of parish structures so as to reach out to the most abandoned – to those that the local church was not reaching. It was this ministry towards those at the frontiers of the Church that was receiving criticism and encountering difficulties – hence the need for papal approval and protection.
(Note on the name Oblates of St Charles, refer to http://www.eugenedemazenod.net/?p=2283)
But they still lack something that they desire with great intensity, that which each of them begs with greatest insistence through their spokesman, Father de Mazenod, their superior: they still lack the approval of Your Holiness.
Petition for approbation to Pope Leo XII, 8 December 1825, EO XIII n.48
“Our love for the Church inspires us to fulfil our mission in communion with the pastors whom the Lord has given to his people; we accept loyally, with an enlightened faith, the guidance and teachings of the successors of Peter and the Apostles.” CC&RR, Constitution 6
“Consult not your fears but your hopes and your dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential. Concern yourself not with what you tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.” Pope John XXIII