THERE YOU MUST BE EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE, AS WAS THE DIVINE MASTER WHOM WE SERVE AND THE HOLY APOSTLES IN WHOSE FOOTSTEPS WE FOLLOW

Eugene, as Superior General, gave Fr Hermitte a new missionary assignment to serve the spiritually needy.

I am directing you to leave for N.D. du Laus so that you may give good service in this shrine to which so many needy souls flock to find some relief from their misfortunes. There you will hear the confessions of both the pilgrims and the people of the place who may come to you.

Eugene reminds him of the model of every Oblate mission: co-operator of the Savior in the footsteps of the apostles.

There you must be everything to everyone, as was the divine Master whom we serve and the holy Apostles in whose footsteps we follow. Go therefore, my dear son, with the disposition of making up with zeal for the small number of labourers.

The Savior never abandons his co-operators:

The Lord, whose work we are doing, will provide for our needs, if we are faithful servants and accomplish well the beautiful mission he has entrusted to us through a grace of having been chosen.

Letter to Jean Hermitte, 25 August 1837, EO IX n 636

Today, as Eugene’s Mazenodian Family, we are invited to the same vision in our daily lives.

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  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    Such daunting words: “there you must be everything to everyone.” Eugene continues: “…as was the divine Master whom we serve…” For a moment I am reminded of the story of the rich young man who had much, but who turned away because much was asked of him.

    You ask much Lord, but even as that thought forms it comes out as “you ask too much”.

    Still I cannot turn away and so I ask Him who is my Beloved, to keep holding me. It seemed that it was not so long ago that I told God to ‘bring it on’ – but rather than a great and glorious battle to fight I seem to have gotten caught up in endless, small skirmishes.

    Truth be told I have never been too sure of what God is asking of me, where I am sent. It is more a case of one step at-a-time. I seem to be more like a child who will balk and struggle before giving in. (And I laugh at that because that is how I have sometimes seen Eugene in the past – perhaps he and I are not so different in some ways.) Eventually though I give in to the Lord and follow that tiny and distant light that calls to me.

    What do you ask of me today Lord? I’d love some direction, and perhaps a little more clarity. I know you will provide for my needs – but are we on the same page about what my needs are?

    I am unsure of the vision that God has for me, even as a member of the Mazenodian Family. My own struggles seem so puny when compared to what others are experiencing. Perhaps it is time for me to sit in the heart of my Beloved and just ‘be’.

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