Anniversary of the approval of the institute by the Holy See… The second renewal prescribed by the Chapter was carried out immediately afterwards, in my presence, by all the priests and oblates [ed. Eugene always referred ot the scholastics as “oblates”]. The novices were present at the ceremony…. Once one has made one’s renewal kneeling down before the exposed Blessed Sacrament with candle in hand, one remains standing in a circle around the altar.
Since our approbation by the Pope, on February 17 1826, it has always been customary for Oblates to renew their vows on that day
The ceremony this morning was not only imposing, as it always is, but moving, I would add again “as it always is”. This was the mutually shared feeling when we met together in the community room.
It was to Jesus the Savior that the Missionaries, his co-operators, came to offer thanksgiving for the success of their missions and to ask for blessings on the ones they were about to undertake.
What was special and I could not help remarking on it in the few words I usually deliver on days like this, was that it was from the foot of the altar that they were going out for fresh conquests, those same men who had come to lay there their acts of thanksgiving for the wonderful successes of the missions they had just accomplished. What blessings in fact had they gathered in the missions, which have just finished in Fontvieille and Entraigues! The Lord will accompany his envoys to Maussane and Mane, and he will bless their labours as he has always blessed all those we have undertaken in his name.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 17 February 1837, EO XVIII
We too are invited each day to bring our daily successes to the Savior and to renew our trust in his presence to accompany us in our difficult moments.