At last the long awaited decision of the Pope has arrived!
As I left Saint Andrew’s, I went into the Quirinal palace where Archbishop Marchetti gave me that good news that last night the Pope had approved and confirmed the decision of the Congregation regarding our matter. Te Deum laudamus. Per singulos dies benedicimus te, et laudamus nomen tuum in saeculum saeculi. [ed. You are God: we praise you. Day by day we bless you. We praise your name for ever.]
Roman Diary, 18 February 1826, EO XVII
Giving the long-awaited news to the Oblates in France, Eugene begins by bursting into praise in the words of the Church’s hymn of thanksgiving: the Te Deum.
You are God: we praise you. Throughout the world the holy Church acclaims you. Day by day we bless you. We praise your name for ever.
My dear friend, my dear brothers, on February 17, 1826, yesterday evening, the Sovereign Pontiff Leo XII confirmed the decision of the congregation of Cardinals and specifically approved the Institute, the Rules and Constitutions of the Missionary Oblates of the Most Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary, and accompanied this solemn act of his pontifical power, with most admiring words for those who happily form this Society from which the head of the Church indeed expects the greatest good.
Letter to Henri Tempier and all the Oblates, 18 February 1826, EO VII n 226
For us Oblates and members of the Mazenodian family, this decision by the head of the Church confirmed our conviction that our vocation was not born as a result of a human inspiration of Eugene de Mazenod, but that it came from God working though Eugene to bring us into existence.
“When you focus on how wonderful God is and all the great things He’s done… is doing… and even will do in your life, your natural response will be praise, adoration and awe. Don’t let yourself ever get used to it… stay amazed!” Joyce Meyer