Thirty seven years after our foundation, the face of the Oblates had changed. We started as six people in Aix en Provence, and by 1853 we had expanded to Canada, the USA, Ireland and Britain, Ceylon and Natal. The original founding vision needed to be expanded again in order to embrace this new reality.
In the Rule of Life published in 1853, Eugene expressed the Oblate ideal in this way:
Whoever wishes to become one of us
must have an ardent desire for his own perfection,
and be enflamed with love for our Lord Jesus Christ and his Church
and a burning zeal for the salvation of souls.
He must free his heart from every disorderly affection for things on earth,
and from excessive attachment to parents and native land;
he must have no desire for money,
but will rather look upon riches as so much rubbish so as to seek no gain
other than Jesus Christ;
his desire must be to commit himself to the exclusive
service of God and of the Church,
whether in the Missions or in the other ministries of the Congregation.
Finally, he must have the will to persevere unto death
in fidelity and obedience to the Rules of the Institute.
Rule of 1853
“Faith is an orientation of the total person, giving purpose and goal to one’s hopes and strivings, thoughts and actions.” James W. Fowler