OUR FOUNDING VISION TODAY: CONSTANTLY SEEKING NEW WAYS OF DARING TO PRESENT THE GOSPEL

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.

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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:

http://www.omiworld.org/en/content/news/3773/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/

FOUNDING VISION

“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

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1 Response to OUR FOUNDING VISION TODAY: CONSTANTLY SEEKING NEW WAYS OF DARING TO PRESENT THE GOSPEL

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    This morning I have looked once again at how I am daring, as in daring in the spirit of St. Eugene and the Oblates. Do I seek new ways of daring to present the gospel, to share the Good News? I have to be honest and say probably not. Rather I seem to spend more time discovering ways that I can support or help those who do [seek new ways of daring…]. It is humbling for I have to admit that perhaps the most daring thing that I might do today will be these moments of reflecting.

    Perhaps it is in how we look at it – as Frank said ‘through the eyes of our Crucified Saviour’. I am where I am supposed to be, doing what I need to be doing. Yesterday I had the opportunity of spending a little time with an Oblate who is preparing to go to the General Chapter in Rome next week. He was excited about it and shared that his excitement. He was not blasé about it, nor did he treat it as an ‘every day’ occurrence but dared to be open and share what it meant to him. What a gift that was to witness his excitement and joy.

    Perhaps it takes daring to live in the moment of the ordinary – it has taken daring to admit my struggle.

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