In October 1831, Eugene made a private retreat and took as his meditation material the Oblate Rule, which had been written 13 years earlier, and which was the guiding light of the life of the Missionaries.
The reflective reading of our Rules I have just made during this retreat has filled my soul with wonder
He kept notes on the main aspects that struck him in his prayer:
I thought it would be useful to extract from the book of our Constitutions the articles that express most explicitly why we were founded and what we ought to be.
Retreat notes, October 1831, EO XV n. 163
November 2018 marks the 200th anniversary of the writing of our Oblate Rule of Life. For this reason I would like to reflect in detail on Eugene’s retreat notes in the coming days, so that “our souls will be filled with wonder” too.
For the Mazenodian Family, and all its component Oblate branches, this Rule has various meanings.
- For the Missionary Oblates it expresses the way of life that we publically commit ourselves to live by, through our vows and oblation.
- For all those associated with the Mazenodian charism, the prescriptions as such do not apply, but the guiding spirit at their foundation helps us to live the spirituality in our different ways of life.
- For the readers of these reflections not associated with the Missionary Oblates in any direct way, we remember that the Rules of religious congregations is a specific reflection of the Gospel. They are the Gospel perceived through a particular light. I thus invite you to read these reflections as an invitation to enter deeper into your relationship with the Jesus you love in the Gospels.
For each of us, may Eugene help us to let God fill our souls with wonder.