A PRISMATIC IMAGINATION WHICH EMBELLISHED EVERYTHING AND MADE EVERY PROSPECT APPEAR IN ITS MOST BRILLIANT SIDE

Father Daly was an optimist whose sense of judgement was to lead the Oblates into some trouble later on. It did, however, encourage the Oblates to invest themselves in this part of the world and to begin a highly successful missionary province.

“Father Daly,” as we read in Chroniques de la province d’Angleterre, “was endowed with a prismatic imagination which embellished everything and made every prospect appear in its most brilliant side. ”No doubt carried away by Father Daly’s enthusiasm and encouraged by the warm reception received at Dublin, Father Aubert soon entertained great dreams. His letters to Bishop de Mazenod have now disappeared, as well as the one he wrote to Father Honorat at Longueuil (Canada), however this Father gave a resume of it when he wrote to Bishop de Mazenod on November 23: “Reverend Father Aubert wrote to us from Dublin to give us very consoling news which even will yield an influence here in Canada among our friends and enemies. He even promised us a man for next spring. It’s encouraging to have a house with a novitiate in England and one in Ireland. Numerous candidates are expected for the novitiate. Surely God is interested in us and our dear Mother is protecting us.”

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1 Response to A PRISMATIC IMAGINATION WHICH EMBELLISHED EVERYTHING AND MADE EVERY PROSPECT APPEAR IN ITS MOST BRILLIANT SIDE

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    I find myself giving thanks to God that his beloved Oblates are human, just like the rest of us on this planet, with some being a little over the top and others who are rather quiet, yet all like waters that run deep.

    Fr. Daly seemed to have the gift of being able to inspire others while drawing them in to his dreams (which sometimes appeared to be centered around himself rather than the community). It was only yesterday that I shared and reflected on the Oblate motto with another who had decided that in sharing the good news he was among those who to whom he was sent and so was himself becoming evangelized in a deeper way. We talked of how it is in and with the community that we discover who we are and how we help each other to come to salvation: “…that together we may help one another experience the love of God, so we may be heal and give of ourselves in the service of the continuous unfolding of the reign of God within creation.” (from OMI Lacombe Canada Province Mission Statement)

    I reflect on Fr. Honorat’s words in his letter to Bishop de Mazenod: “Surely God is interested in us and our dear Mother is protecting us.” Words to ponder in current times here in my country. Over the years I have had my own share of running with what I want, or think is needed. In the struggle of our times and place in the Church I find myself turning once again to the Oblate Rule of Life for direction and renewal. It is as community, as living with each other as members of the Mazenodian Family that I will come to realize who I am in the greater scheme of things and the part that I play (small though it may be) in bringing about the Kingdom of God.

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