I UNDERSTOOD THE FULL MEANING OF THE INSPIRATION THAT GOD’S SPIRIT BESTOWED ON YOU ON THIS OCCASION

Father Casimir Aubert was the novice master at the shrine of Notre Dame du Laus. Because he was young, Eugene kept a fatherly eye on him and on his ministry with the novices. Two of the men whose formation he had been responsible for had made their lifetime oblation a few days before.

My dear Son, the letter I’ve just received from you came as a great consolation. I was carried away in spirit to your shrine and thus I understood the full meaning of the inspiration that God’s Spirit bestowed on you on this occasion. It was right that you should be the one to offer to the Lord the men you had taken such pains to prepare for him. Praise the Lord for the confidence that their good dispositions give you.

Letter to Casimir Aubert, 3 January 1836, EO VIII n 554

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One Response to I UNDERSTOOD THE FULL MEANING OF THE INSPIRATION THAT GOD’S SPIRIT BESTOWED ON YOU ON THIS OCCASION

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    Trouble posting this today – first posted against yesterday and this system is smart enough to recognize and reject it as already being posted. Another try….Eugene recognizes the part that Casimir has played in the lives of the two young men who made their perpetual oblation. He was focused on not just the two young men, but also on the man who had taught, mentored, loved and led them.

    It is not a stretch to imagine the love and joy that filled Casimir on that special day as he presented the two before God. Casimir himself was only 26 years old. And just like the men who went out and gave missions gained confidence when those missions were a success, so too for Casimir who was able to see first-and the fruits of his work.

    I think of the African proverb which says: “it takes a village to raise a child”. Leadership of this sort is not simply a hierarchical or administrative position but rather a stepping-up of each person to take part in raising another.

    Yesterday I celebrated the anniversary of my own Commitment to share in the charism of St. Eugene and live that in a most particular way. One of the group who I made my commitment with was at daily Mass yesterday and that was truly the ‘icing on the cake’.

    I think of the many – past and present – who God has placed in my life and who have walked with me on our journey – for we are all in it together. All of us together in whatever capacity God has called us to be. It was not just a one-time effort for it continues on – there is no ‘going our separate ways’ for we are joined in our hearts.

    Again the image of the flaming hearts –I this is what the Mazenodian Family looks like. I give thanks today to all those who directly and indirectly play a vital role in my life, in our lives. We are the fruits of each other’s’ labours!

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