VOCATION: THROUGH THE EYES OF THE CRUCIFIED SAVIOUR LOOK AT THE NEEDS OF THE PEOPLE AROUND YOU

Henri Tempier is invited to look at the religious situation of the poorer people in Provence through the eyes of the Crucified Saviour. It is an invitation to feel from the depth of his heart their experience of not having a sense of direction in their lives because God is absent.

At the foot of the Cross, symbol of the Saviour who sacrificed all for others, he is invited to make a sacrifice of his own comfort so that others may have life.

This is the meaning of oblation: to look at the most abandoned with the eyes and heart of the Saviour, and to respond by imitating the Saviour’s self-giving so that they may have the fullness of life.

Dismiss the attraction of possessions, the love of comfort and convenience;
allow yourself to be fully penetrated by the situation of the people who live in the countryside, by the state of religion among them, by the apostasy that daily spreads wider with dreadfully ravaging effects.
Look at the feebleness of the means employed to date to oppose this flood of evil; ask your heart what it would like to do to remedy these disasters and then reply to my letter.

Letter to Henri Tempier, 9 October 1815 O.W. VI n 4

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