During this bicentenary year, for many months I have been exploring the theme of “The Founding Vision Today” – showing how Eugene de Mazenod’s founding vision has been our motivating force for two hundred years, and how that vision continues to be expressed today. We have reflected on the foundation and its meaning and the followed the first ten constitutions of our Rule of Life, which synthesize our Oblate vision, charism and spirituality.
On our patronal feast, we recall how Mary Immaculate is a part of our vision, charism and spirituality today:
Mary Immaculate is patroness of our Congregation. Open to the Spirit, she consecrated herself totally as lowly handmaid to the person and work of the Savior.
She received Christ in order to share him with all the world, whose hope he is. In her, we recognize the model of the Church’s faith and of our own.
We shall always look on her as our mother.
In the joys and sorrows of our missionary life, we feel close to her who is the Mother of Mercy.
Wherever our ministry takes us, we will strive to instil genuine devotion to the Immaculate Virgin who prefigures God’s final victory over all evil.
OMI Rule of Life,
CC&RR Constitution 10