Father Dominic Albini was one of the pillars of the young Oblate congregation on whom Eugene relied. He was terminally ill in Corsica and had a few months to live.
Letter from Fr. Mille. This excellent priest writes in a most touching way about the sad news I had given him about the illness of our good Fr. Albini. In our common sorrow it is good to see the feelings for one another which animate the members of our Congregation. All that would be needed to compose the most beautiful funeral sermon would be to go through the letters of our Fathers and see what they know and put into words about the virtues which they admire.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 24 November 1838, EO XIX
Eugene stressed that the Oblates were a family – indeed he wanted us to be the most united family in the world. Today this applies to the larger Mazenodian Family gathered around Eugene’s charism throughout the world.
His invitation is to learn from one another about the people we love and admire. We do it in obituaries at funerals, so why wait till loved ones are dead to do this? In these difficult days let us help one another to recognize the gift of special people.
At that time Jesus said in reply, “I give praise to you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike.” (Matthew 11:25)