WE GATHER AS A MAZENODIAN FAMILY TO EXPRESS OUR LOVE FOR MARY IMMACULATE

To this end, I invoke the intercession of the Most Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary, Mother of God, daring to remind her in all humility, but with consolation, of the filial devotion of my whole life, and of the desire I have always had to make her known and loved, and to spread her devotion everywhere through the ministry of those whom the Church has given to me as children, who have had the same desire as myself…

Eugene de Mazenod’s will, 1 August 1854, E.O. XV n. 191

Eugene’s sentiments are continued by his successor, Fr. Louis Lougen, today:

Happy feast day! On this, our patroness’ solemnity, we gather as a family to express our love for Mary Immaculate. One of her titles special to the heart of Saint Eugene was the Mother of Mercy. How appropriate as the Church begins this “Year of Mercy” that we remember our Oblate connection to this title of Mary. We ask Saint Eugene to intercede so that we will experience joy because we believe the Father of mercies is among us, deep in the heart of the world, offering grace and salvation in the face of ever crueler poverty, more abandoned sisters and brothers and an increased need for the Gospel. Celebrating the beauty and wonder of the Father’s mercy in the Immaculate Conception of Mary, we renew our faith in the Spirit, always at work in our lives and in the world, manifesting God’s merciful love through all generations.

http://omiworld.org/en/content/news/3438/letter-of-the-superior-general-for-the-solemnity-of-the-immaculate-conception-2015/

On this feast, Eugene charges us:

Let us renew ourselves especially in devotion to the most holy Virgin and render ourselves worthy to be Oblates of the Immaculate Mary.
But this is a passport to heaven!
…. So let us rejoice to bear her name and her uniform.

Letter to Henri Tempier, 22 December 1825, EO VI n 213

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One Response to WE GATHER AS A MAZENODIAN FAMILY TO EXPRESS OUR LOVE FOR MARY IMMACULATE

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    It would seem sometimes that I forget to consciously think of Mary, to invoke her. I do not often think of her in terms of her being ‘Immaculate Mary’. In the deepest part of my heart I call her ‘maman’ (always in French though I do not know why – but this has been my practice for more than 30 years).

    Most recently, since my experience of her as she cradled Jesus before they lay him in the tomb she has become my “Mother of Tenderness” Tenderness who is the twin and constant companion of mercy, they are each of them a piece of the same heart.

    I have sat here not entirely comfortable with the title that I do not always remember to use. And yet even Louis Lougen has written that Eugene would refer to her as our ‘Mother of Mercy’. Perhaps I should not let myself get caught up worrying about the different titles and names. Rather I celebrate her with all the names she is accorded.

    This woman who has taught me to sing the Magnificat as if it were my own. So many names for my maman, all right and none wrong.

    The mantle that I sometimes don – it is woven from the threads worn by our Mother of Tenderness, of Mary Immaculate.

    I sit with the words of Eugene; “Let us renew ourselves especially in devotion to the most holy Virgin and render ourselves worthy to be Oblates of the Immaculate Mary. But this is a passport to heaven! …. So let us rejoice to bear her name and her uniform.” Perhaps if I take these words and repeat them most slowly and deliberately my heart will claim them and put them on as it’s own, making them a part of who I be.

    I am filled with immense gratitude and joy which like mercy and tenderness are a part of each other.

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