We continue to explore Eugene’s reflection notes on the contents of his retreat using the Oblate Rule for meditation. The Rule of Life contains all the elements of the Oblate vocation.
In the judgement of the Church, this is what we must be if we are to embrace the ministry we are called to and if we are to respond with fidelity to our holy vocation.
At least we must seek this perfection with all the powers of our soul. It concerns our salvation. We are dedicated, consecrated to it, on entering the Congregation. Happy necessity!
Retreat notes, October 1831, EO XV n. 163
As I reflect on these words, it is within the Year of Oblate Vocations – but within a wider context too. Here in the US Oblate Province we are marking this Year by launching the concept and reality of the Mazenodian Family and the vocation of each participating group of people who are connected with the charism of St Eugene. I will share a lot more on this exciting adventure.
Each member of the Family has a “holy vocation” which is associated with a “ministry” – all connected with our “salvation” and our concern for the salvation of the most abandoned. Just as the Oblate brothers and priests “dedicated” and “consecrated” themselves to this – so we hope that each participant in the charism of St Eugene de Mazenod will understand their own dedicationa and consecration. “Happy necessity!”