While visiting the novices in Marseille, Eugene reported to Fr. Tempier that even though the number was small, the quality was good.
… All is admirable here, save for the number; there is much to groan about considering how few ecclesiastics understand the spirit of the divine Founder and close their ears to his calling. Since it cannot be otherwise, let us be pleased with what we have. For it seems to me that it is good.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 21 October 1828 , EO VII n. 313
Today our Rule of Life expands on the sentiments expressed by Eugene regarding vocations to the Oblate congregation:
“Christian families, youth groups and Christian communities, whether parish or other, provide a favourable environment for the growth of vocations. Many young people discover there the person of Jesus and feel the attraction of his message. There, too, they begin to exercise their gifts for leadership and ministry. It is primarily in such settings, then, that we ought to help youth discover their vocation and to accompany them in their spiritual journey. Our houses will welcome those who wish to “come and see” and thus experience at first hand what Oblate life is like. In a brotherly way we will help them discern what the Lord expects of them and what special grace he offers them in his Church.” CC&RR, Constitution 53
“I can’t change the direction of the wind, but I can adjust my sails to always reach the destination.” Jimmy Dean