Letter from Fr. Courtès telling me of the holy death of Brother Morandini. He passed on to a better life yesterday afternoon at four o’clock. The loss will be felt by the Congregation which expected such great service from this excellent man…
The good God has thought otherwise. May his holy will be done, but may we be permitted, while submitting to his severe judgements, to mourn the passing of such a holy and loveable child.
This 22 year-old scholastic brother was the ninth Oblate to have died since our foundation 22 years earlier, and joined his brothers in what Eugene regarded as the Oblate community in heaven
There he is now in the bosom of God together with the eight others who have preceded him in glory. They know our needs, I call upon them to obtain from our sovereign Master the strength to supplement all the good that they had been called upon to do on earth and all the virtues which they practised constantly, so that we too may have a death as holy and a recompense as beautiful as theirs.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 28 December 1838, EO XIX
Two hundred years later, what a community of Mazenodian family members we have in heaven! They know our needs as members of the Body of Christ – let us call upon them…
“For just as the body is one and has many members, and all the members of the body, though many, are one body, so it is with Christ. For by one Spirit we were all baptized into one body.” .(I Corinthians 12: 12-13)