I hope, I am even confident that not one of our men is blind to the importance and grandeur of your mission. The future of the Congregation in the New World is in your hands.
Writing to Father Honorat, superior of the first community of Oblate missionaries outside of France, Eugene reminds them of the importance of their mission. If their ministry is successful in Canada, then their future is assured. If the first community turns out to be a failure, that would destroy all future missionary endeavours. The eyes of the Canadian Church were focused on this community.
The secret to success was to be found in their spiritual and community life – in the way in which they lived their spirit of oblation.
Be what you should be, that is,
truly good religious,
disciplined in your whole behaviour,
of one heart and mind,
moved by the same spirit under that ordered regularity which marks you in the eyes of all as men living up to the demands of their Rule, in obedience and charity, devoted to all works of zeal conformed to such obedience and not otherwise, never seeking their own interest but only what pertains to the glory of God and the service of the Church.
Letter to Fr. Jean Baptiste Honorat, 26 March 1842, EO I n 10
“Be what you should be” as members of the Mazenodian Family, living the spirit of oblation of Jesus the Savior in the everyday demands of our state of life.
We are all disciples through our baptism – let us help each other to “be what you should be”: WITNESSES THROUGH THE QUALITY OF OUR LIVES.!