As Eugene prayed dedicating the new Oblate mission at the shrine of Our Lady of Lumières, he became profoundly aware of God’s goodness and mercy in working wonders through the Oblates, despite his sinfulness and unworthiness to be God’s instrument.
We were calling down his blessings on ourselves and our Congregation that we were representing with all the more fervour because we were few in number,
and for myself, there was joined to all these thoughts a profound feeling of my unworthiness, convinced as I was to the depth of my soul that my sins made me essentially incapable of being the instrument of all the miracles the Lord is working for our men and through them, from the feeble beginnings of our small family up to the present.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 2 June 1837, EO XVIII
A consoling thought in the midst of the brokenness, imperfection and sinfulness of so many leaders and members of the Church today: the Church is the Body of Christ, and He never abandons those He calls into the Kingdom of God.