WE LIVE IN AN AGE WHEN IT IS ABSOLUTELY VITAL TO BE ABLE TO CONFRONT EVIL DOCTRINES WITH MORE THAN ONLY GOOD EXAMPLE

It seems to me that the parish of Billens keeps you very busy, but also what a lot of good you are doing there!
All I ask is that studies do not suffer because of it. We live in an age when it is absolutely vital to be able to confront evil doctrines with more than only good example.

Letter to Jean Baptiste Mille, 15 April 1831, EO VIII n 389

Father Mille, superior of the student house, needed to make sure that the studies of the future missionaries made them competent to identify and stand up to what was false and evil.

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  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    I must admit that I have not spent a lot of time looking at, questioning or thinking about what all it takes to become, who we are called to be whether that be a cleric, a religious, a teacher, a lawyer, a mechanic, etc.

    How and what do I learn, and why? Right now I am taking the “Oblate Studies” courses and the pivot of my world seems to have shifted. What I thought was going to be a course that I would just learn a few facts with, maybe pick up something new, sort of like a stroll through a park in the spring – well let me just say it has not been like that at all. From the start there seems to be an unspoken invitation to reflect – on the French Revolution, on what that did to the people, to Eugene de Mazenod, how the politics of the time affected him and his life, what he and his early congregation needed to know and understand in order to do what they were called to do; and that unspoken invitation to reflect also pointed to myself, my own life and experiences – how they were formed. Eugene and his life is ‘pointing a light on mine’ just as did the Church and Eugene’s own experiences point a light on the lives of those first Oblates and those who are around today.

    I do not know what I will or will not be up against in the future. But I am learning what I do know now, what I will need to know, and what I am all about if I am to continue on this journey of life. I think of Jesus as he told his parents that he “needed to be about his Father’s business”. Just being a good example is not enough – I need to know what I am about.

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