OUR FOUNDING VISION: WITHOUT LOVE OF JESUS, EVERYTHING IS USELESS

The missionaries made it clear that they did not come together only to DO a most necessary ministry merely as a workforce, but that they answered a call from God which demanded a response of consecration. It was a call to BE men of God first and foremost in order to DO.

The undersigned priests: …
-wanting, at the same time, to respond to the call which summons them to consecrate themselves to this demanding ministry…

Request to the Capitular Vicars of Aix, 25 January 1816, O.W. XIII n.2

In the earlier part of their vision statement the Missionaries showed in strong terms the urgency of their ministry and the desperate need to respond to something which would be physically and spiritually demanding. In this statement we have the seed of what was to grow into a constitutive and non-negotiable aspect of the foundation:

the missionaries were not an collection of men who came together just to do an important work,
but they came together as a response to what they discerned to be a call from God to each one individually, and to the community as a whole;
they thus came together and consecrated themselves to BEING in order to DO

crestAll this was to be expressed in the motto of the group: “He has sent me to evangelize the poor” with the evangelizer being constantly evangelized himself.

The seed was sown on 25 January 1816 and the plant continues to deepen its roots and the fruit it bears today. This sentence of our “Founding Fathers” is clearly recognizable in our Rule of Life today:

“Our ministry involves us in a variety of tasks, yet each act in life is an occasion for personal encounter with the Lord, who through us gives himself to others and through others gives himself to us.”    CC&RR, Constitution 31

FOUNDING VISION

“What really matters in life is that we are loved by Christ and that we love Him in return. In comparison to the love of Jesus, everything else is secondary. And, without the love of Jesus, everything is useless.”   St. John Paul II

 

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One Response to OUR FOUNDING VISION: WITHOUT LOVE OF JESUS, EVERYTHING IS USELESS

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    “All this was to be expressed in the motto of the group: “He has sent me to evangelize the poor” with the evangelizer being constantly evangelized himself.” It is for the first time that I am able to understand this small saying that comes from Latin. Latin, the straight economy of words is not how my mind works and I had thought that it meant ‘that God has sent me to evangelize the poor, and so the poor [those poor] were evangelized’. But this way that Frank has written it makes infinite sense to me. God has sent me to evangelize the poor and with that I who am also poor will be evangelized. There is a sense of celebration this morning because I am able to grasp the thought behind the Latin words. Dear Eugene who spoke to the people in their own language so that they could understand, learn and live. I begin to ‘get it’.
    I think of Jesus who spoke in parables so all might understand. He spoke in the language of the people he had come to save and die for. And Eugene who also spoke to the people in words that they would understand. Frank this morning speaking in words that I might understand. With or without words – how do I speak?

    Last night I renewed my commitment as an Oblate Associate. “Impassioned for Christ, the Church and Mission, and enlivened by the spirit of St. Eugene de Mazenod, I, hereby recommit myself to live… as an Associate of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate”… My being is impassioned, my being is enlivened and because of that I recommit myself and out of that I ‘do’. I am rich beyond imagination, while being poor at the same time. It is all through Jesus, through the eyes of our crucified Christ.

    Praise by Jesus Christ and Mary Immaculate.

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