SALVATION IS OUR SPECIAL VOCATION

Eugene writes to his longtime friend, Forbin Janson who was also a bishop who had had problems with the government and his diocese.

We are above all and essentially men of the Church.

Eugene reminds him to keep focused on the essentials in the midst of his difficulties. These essentials are: love for the Church as the People of God, and a dedication to ensure the eternal happiness of these people.

The salvation of souls is our special vocation. It is the work towards which we must tend with all our efforts, the accidents that God permits should not check the ever supernatural action of our onward march, we must draw back only before what is sinful, everything else has to be surmounted, overcome because of the excellence of the end, and it must be said, out of duty.

Letter to Bishop Forbin de Janson, 11 December 1835, EO XV n 180

An invitation to us as Mazenodian Family to focus on what really counts: God and the welfare of God’s People.

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One Response to SALVATION IS OUR SPECIAL VOCATION

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    Both Eugene de Mazenod and Forbin-Janson had plenty in their lives to distract them and pull them away from that which they had been called to, to wear the cloaks given to them.

    I think of the light that Eugene sheds on each of us who are called to share in his charism. That light that seems to highlight our own ‘special vocation’; not the light that draws us away to greener pastures or higher positions, simply the light that illuminates the ordinary of our lives.

    The cross is not far from my thoughts this morning as I reflect on both Eugene’s and Frank’s invitations to all of us in the Mazenodian Family; to be true to our special vocations, our calls from God and how we live that out in the light of St. Eugene.

    I began my reflection singing the words from Bernadette Farrell’s “Bread for the World”:

    Bread for the world
    A world of hunger
    Wine for all peoples
    People who thirst
    May we who eat
    Be bread for others
    May we who drink
    Pour out our love

    Lord Jesus Christ
    You are the bread of life
    Broken to reach
    And heal the wounds
    Of human pain
    Where we divide your people
    You are waiting there
    On bended knee
    To wash our feet with endless care

    Lord Jesus Christ
    You are the wine of peace
    Poured into hearts once broken
    And where dryness sleeps
    Where we are tired and weary
    You are waiting there
    To be the way which beckons us
    Beyond despair

    Lord Jesus Christ
    You call us to your feast
    At which the rich and pow’rful
    Have become the least
    Where we survive on others
    In our human greed
    You walk among us
    Begging for your ev’ry need

    Bread for the world
    A world of hunger
    Wine for all peoples
    People who thirst
    May we who eat
    Be bread for others
    May we who drink
    Pour out our love

    We sing this hymn during Communion at our liturgies but it takes on a new depth and reality as I repeat the words this morning. There is within me a small whisper of delight for God continues to call us out of darkness to stand in a most particular light.

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