THOSE WITH RESPONSIBILITIES NEED TO PRAY ABOUT THEIR DUTIES

Although I have spent numerous entries above focusing exclusively on the two cholera epidemics, we need to remember that Eugene’s role as Superior General constantly involved him in the overall guidance of the spirit and mission of the Oblates. In a particular way he watched over the young superiors in their own responsibility to guide the spirit and mission of their local communities.

Remember that you must be a model for everyone.
Make your oraison often on the subject of the duties of your position; it isn’t a small thing;
keep a close eye on yourself.

Letter to Jean Baptiste Mille, 2 May 1835, EO VIII n 513

The model of apostolic community was Jesus and the apostles, thus the necessity for prayer (oraison) on how to make it a lived reality. An invitation to see all our activities and responsibilities in prayer.

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  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    “An invitation to see all our activities and responsibilities in prayer.” To accept and live this invitation changes everything; our breathing in and our breathing out, in our days and during our nights. I am reminded of what happens when I look into a kaleidoscope; how I experience wonder, awe and joy. I liken this to the prayer of entering into and sitting /being with our Beloved.

    As an Oblate Associate I do not have any ‘superiors’ as is normally thought of nor am I the superior of any. But I think of those who God calls to be superiors, teachers, parents, friends – all of those who walk with us and share in our gifts and journeys – directly and indirectly. It is in that sense that I use the word superior. In that sense we become superiors to each other. The image before me is of the hands of a potter as they skillfully, carefully and tenderly allow the clay to be shaped and reshaped; how often the hands of the master potter are over my own, guiding me. There is a freedom there for both the potter and the clay to be as they are called and ordained to be.

    Oraison – we are shaped, we are transformed with these encounters of presence in God.

    Yesterday I had the opportunity to watch a short video of three young men who were preparing to leave the novitiate, entering into a new breath as scholastics in San Antonio Texas. (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OsOgeAPoS24) They shared their stories of who they were as they entered the novitiate and how they were formed in that experience of how the master potter was now guiding their hands as they shape the new forms of their life- the freedom in that.

    Oraison – we are shaped, we are transformed with these encounters of presence in God.

    In prayer we become transformed and as we walk with we become as leaders to each other (I am reminded of Eugene and Henri Tempier and their vows of obedience to each other) and with each other. We recognize in the grace that God grants us that we are responsible for sharing with each other.

    Oraison – we are shaped, we are transformed within the presence of God and it is from this viewpoint that we see everything.

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