There will be a pause in these reflections during the month of December.
In the light of our forthcoming patronal feast on December 8, I would like to focus on Mary during these days of preparation.
During the day, I was busy preparing the petition to present to the Pope on the day he grants me an audience.
Roman Diary, 8 December 1825, EO XVII
This day was the feast of the Immaculate Conception and it was during the days of prayer in preparation for it that Eugene had had the intuition to change the name of the Oblates. In the last paragraph of the petition to the Pope we come across the use of this name for the very first time:
At the same time, we ask Your Holiness that, in the Brief of Approval which the Missionaries request, you give them the name of Oblates of the Most Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary instead of Oblates of Saint Charles
Petition for approbation to Pope Leo XII, 8 December 1825, EO XIII n.48
“When we choose a patron of a group we spontaneously think of a person who incarnates the qualities and activities of the group in the best possible way.” Fernand Jetté OMI