THE SATISFACTION, IN SEEING GATHERED TOGETHER MEN OF SUCH A GREAT AND GENUINE MERIT, WHO HAVE DONE EVERYTHING FOR THE CHURCH AND WHO ARE EAGER TO DO STILL MORE FOR THE GLORY OF GOD AND THE SALVATION OF SOULS.
Eugene was ecstatic about the experience of the gathering of Oblates at the General Chapter. In his diary he wrote:
I will describe nothing about all that has happened in this memorable chapter. The register in which these acts are consigned preserves the memory of what was most remarkable, but one will never know how to depict the spirit of charity, the proofs of attachment to the rules, to the Congregation, to the superior, the unity of views and thoughts, the dedication, the abnegation, the holy indifference for every work, in whatever part of the world it may be.
I admit that I have not been able to contain the feeling of satisfaction, in seeing gathered together men of such a great and genuine merit, who have done everything for the Church and who are eager to do still more for the glory of God and the salvation of souls.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 13 July 1843, EO XXI
One hundred and eighty years later, Eugene’s heart must continue to rejoice as he sees his charism alive and bearing fruit in the Mazenodian Family.
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