THE GOOD SPIRIT, THE PRINCIPAL SPIRIT, IS THAT WHICH WE RECEIVE FROM YOU WHO LEAD US TO SERVE THE CHURCH

Eugene quoted part of a letter that he had received. In it Father Courtès made a very important statement about the “spirit” of the missionary family that had come into existence through Eugene de Mazenod who was always regarded as “our founder and our father.”

October 21: [Extract from a letter from Fr. Courtès]: It is desirable that you have the novitiate close to you, because, however excellent the director may be, it is permissible to think that the locality is not immaterial to the spirit which may animate the family which one is raising. And the good spirit, the principal spirit, is that which we receive from you who lead us to serve the Church, such as it now is, with modesty and with benefit, aiding one another like brothers, without distinction as to country and as to province, and drawing our strength of wisdom and leadership from the one who is our founder and our father.

Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 21 October 1842, EO XXI

The reason for the importance of this passage is that it highlights that Eugene de Mazenod founded us as a result of an inspiration by the Holy Spirit. We recognize this as a charism, a gift of the Holy Spirit for the good of the Church. Today we are privileged to participate in this charism and to have the guidance of Saint Eugene, our founder and father, through the communion of the saints.

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1 Response to THE GOOD SPIRIT, THE PRINCIPAL SPIRIT, IS THAT WHICH WE RECEIVE FROM YOU WHO LEAD US TO SERVE THE CHURCH

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    I believe it is not just for the Oblate members of the Congregation, but for all who are called to be a part of the Mazenodian Family.

    I am reminded of the words from The Preface: “How, indeed, did our Lord Jesus Christ proceed when he undertook to convert the world? …These men he sent forth, once they had been schooled in his teaching, to conquer the world which, before long, was to bow to his holy rule.” And what follows is a statement of how we might all live that out according to “our state of life”, sharing in the “charism in a spirit of communion and reciprocity…”

    Fr. Courtès wrote to Eugene: “…And the good spirit, the principal spirit, is that which we receive from you who lead us to serve the Church, such as it now is, with modesty and with benefit, aiding one another like brothers [and sisters], without distinction as to country and as to province, and drawing our strength of wisdom and leadership from the one who is our founder and our father.”

    Like those first disciples sent out by Jesus, and like those first companions of Eugene and members of the Mazenodian Family we trust that we will know the spirit in which we are sent out; that we will be taught and so learn what Eugene’s spirit was all about and share it with our brothers and sisters in our present time.
    I think of the formation workshop for superiors of Oblate scholasticates from all over the world which has been taking place in Rome and continues today; our technology allowing those around the world to take part as needed. We must pray for them and for all of us who will spend our lives learning from each other. It is a life-long process.

    How dull it is to pause, to make an end,
    To rust unburnish’d, not to shine in use!
    As tho’ to breathe were life! (Ulysses)

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