In my childhood catechism lessons, before the Vatican Council took effect, Sister M. hammered into us that the call of the disciples was all about the vocation to be a “priest, brother or sister” – and that the best possible thing that could happen to us was to receive such a “vocation!” I was so thrilled to dream that perhaps I had received such a privileged vocation! The Vatican Council soon shattered my privileged illusions by pointing out that all the baptized actually had a universal vocation to holiness, and that there were no first and second class disciples.
Sister M was totally wrong because the model of Jesus and the disciples is the model of how the Church functions, and the local parish, and the family, and any intentional group that comes together to live apostolically in any particular situation. What a gift!
The community of the Apostles with Jesus is the model of our life. Our Lord grouped the Twelve around him to be his companions and to be sent out as his messengers (cf. Mk 3:14). The call and the presence of the Lord among us today bind us together in charity and obedience to create anew in our own lives the Apostles’ unity with him and their common mission in his Spirit.
CC&RR, Constitution 3
The vision of St Eugene draws us together to live this model in an intentional way. Through the eyes of our crucified Savior we are called to gather around His call and presence. He forms us in our times of prayer and through the people and events of our everyday life. Our loving Savior invites us to be his companions and messengers. This is our Mazenodian vocation, which we make our own as Oblates, as associates, as co-workers, as supporters and benefactors – as we express the beauty of our fundamental baptismal calling of being companions and messengers,
“Sometimes we are looked upon as people who speak only of prohibitions. Nothing could be further from the truth! Authentic Christian discipleship is marked by a sense of wonder. We stand before the God we know and love as a friend, the vastness of his creation, and the beauty of our Christian faith.” Pope Benedict XVI