I SEE A NEW ERA OPENING FOR THE CONGREGATION IN THE NEW WORLD IF, AS I HOPE, YOUR EXAMPLE IS IMITATED

Father Pierre Aubert responded immediately to his new assignment with a letter of acceptance that deeply touched Eugene.

I have just received, my dear son, your letter of the 7th. It made me feel such joy that I cannot resist the urge to manifest to you my complete satisfaction. I shall not write at length to you because with Father Guigues leaving in a few hours, I have scarcely the time to finish the letters of which he will be the bearer. My dear son, I will place your precious letter quite close to my heart. I see a new era opening for the Congregation in the new world if, as I hope, your example is imitated, if your good sentiments are shared by all those who have received the same mission as yourself.

Letter to Fr Pierre Aubert, 10 June 1844, EO I n 40

For further details about the achievements of Fr Pierre Aubert see: https://www.omiworld.org/lemma/aubert-joseph-pierre-blaise/

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1 Response to I SEE A NEW ERA OPENING FOR THE CONGREGATION IN THE NEW WORLD IF, AS I HOPE, YOUR EXAMPLE IS IMITATED

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    In just over one hundred words Eugene managed to convey his love for young Father Aubert and his gratitude for Aubert’s enthusiastic response in being sent to serve an ever-growing need in Canada. Eugene hoped that all those being sent to the new world shared the same sentiments as Aubert.

    Again, this morning I am touched by a man who has given his all to God and still finds time to respond to a young man who is not yet ordained. Eugene will forgo the joy of being able to ordain Aubert himself, something that he would have liked to be able to take part in.

    I remember the day when we were gathered in the chapel of Queen of Apostles Retreat House, there were five of us making our first commitment as Oblate Associates of OMI Lacombe Province. The joy I experienced at being able to do that surrounded by those that I love. And when I look at the video and the pictures of those gathered around us they too expressed joy and love with us.

    Eugene could have been speaking to all of us – then and now we all receive the same mission for it is God’s mission that we all take part in. Was Eugene there with us in spirit? I am sure he was – celebrating with us and holding our responses in his heart. As it says at the top right corner of the page “A father’s communication with his many children… that is one of the most agreeable occupations of my life” 1857

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