When any new religious congregation comes into existence in the Church, it is necessary for the Church to study it so as to evaluate whether it is the human invention of a charismatic person or whether it comes from God.
I am convinced that in this reaction of the Pope we witness the moment when he understood that the Oblate congregation came to birth as a result of a divine inspiration. In this moment of prayer, the Pope realized that the act of the foundation of the Oblates had been a charism of the Holy Spirit.
You would have been touched, my dear friend, to see, while I spoke, how this holy Pontiff raised his eyes towards heaven, then joined his hands and bowed his head on them clasped together, glowing with gratitude and thanking God with all his heart. It seemed to me that this invocation alone would draw new graces on our ministry.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 22 December 1825, EO VI n 213
Three days later, the Pope was going to reiterate his conviction that this Society of Oblates came from God, and that he wanted it formally approved and not merely encouraged.
“To each is given the manifestation of the Spirit for the common good.” 1 Corinthians 12:7