MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – THE CHURCH RECOGNIZES US!

After nearly four months of hectic activity, Eugene could announce that the text of the brief of approval was ready to be signed by the Pope! Mission accomplished!

APOSTOLIC LETTER OF APPROBATION GIVEN TO THE INSTITUTE, RULES AND CONSTITUTIONS OF THE MISSIONARY OBLATES OF THE MOST HOLY AND IMMACULATE VIRGIN MARY. BY OUR HOLY FATHER LEO XII. BY DIVINE PROVIDENCE, POPE

Announcing this to Henri Tempier:

I want to finish my letter today so that it can leave tomorrow. The text of the brief has been made ready; Mgr. Capaccini is taking it with him to be signed by the Pope. Perhaps it has been done by now, I have nothing more to do.

Letter to Henri Tempier, 20 March 1826, EO VII n 231

 With this recognition, the Oblates could now face the future on a solid base, no matter what obstacles were placed in their way by external forces.

Because of the historical importance of this document, I will publish it in segments in the coming days.

“You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you’re going to have a strong superstructure.”   Gordon B. Hinckley

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One Response to MISSION ACCOMPLISHED – THE CHURCH RECOGNIZES US!

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    Thank you Frank – it is good to be back here, whether it be at the beginning of our day or at the end. There are many feelings this morning in being back in the space where we, in a way, come together and reflect and pray – even though I have continued with morning reflections with Eugene’s writings there is a difference when it is shared with others. After experiencing the Triduum and our great Easter which continues to live on, there is great delight in greeting and sharing.

    As I sit and reflect I am remembering my own personal conversion experience, something so incredibly personal and intimate and yet I was with a group of people, which later became what Roy would call an intentional community. Private and yet shared. Similar to this space here where we come together in a way to reflect and pray – private and yet together. I remember going to the last Convocation and seeing and experiencing, being a part of people coming together who have been united while at the same time being separated from -but wonderful joy in greeting and meeting the others, being united in a different way.

    Eugene wanting to finish his letter so that it can leave the next day. I think of the statement “we come together in support of the mission” – it has taken on a different focus this morning. There is in all of this a base, a foundation, a place of moving out from and coming back to. I look at what God has given to me, to all of us. Awesome.

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