We will always be close to the people with whom we work, taking into account their values and aspirations. To seek out new ways for the Word of God to reach their hearts often calls for daring; to present Gospel demands in all clarity should never intimidate us.
CC&RR. Constitution 8
The description his preaching by the great evangelist, John Wesley, can easily be applied St Eugene as well: “’I set myself on fire, and people come out and watch me burn.”
Our celebration of 200 years of Oblate missionary “lighting fires” is filled with amazing stories of constantly seeking new ways to reach people “through the eyes of the Crucified Savior.” I refer you to two Oblate websites whose pages are regularly filled with stories about this, by highlighting a couple of examples from our current editions.
From our official website Oblate Communications: http://www.omiworld.org/
Oblate World Youth Encounter:
Transformation in jail: http://www.omiworld.org/en/content/news/3758/transformation-in-jail/
London outreach to the homeless: http://www.omiusa.org/index.php/2016/08/24/london-oblate-outreach-to-the-homeless/
And many more the website of the OMI province I belong to: http://www.omiusa.org/
“You devote every effort, talent and your life to the most abandoned souls in the most difficult missions, a glorious specialty… Beautiful and noble mission, which assures you in a unique, and incomparable way, the blessing of God and all the abundance of the missionary spirit. And you prove it in fact: this spirit is the soul of your institute.” Pope Pius XI to the 1932 Missionary Oblate General Chapter