OBLATION: THE SAVIOUR JESUS CHRIST, OUR COMMON MASTER, HAS RECEIVED YOUR VOWS, HAS ADOPTED YOU AND HAS MARKED YOU WITH THE SEAL THAT MAKES US WHAT WE ARE
Before making his perpetual oblation, the 18-year-old Charles Baret had written to Eugene, who responded:
You were just a novice, my dear son, when you wrote me on August 5. Today you are a child in the Congregation which justly glorifies itself in having the Most Holy Virgin Mary Immaculate as a mother.
Now you are consecrated to God for life and beyond by your oblation; and I must add in all humility but with great consolation, that thereby I have become your father. I do not know you personally; but since the affection that unites me with my children is essentially supernatural, it is enough for me to know that the Saviour Jesus Christ, our common Master, has received your vows, has adopted you and has marked you with the seal that makes us what we are, so that we are united in the most intimate bonds of charity and that I am bound to you forever as you are to me.
Letter to Brother Charles Baret, at Notre Dame de L’Osier, 18 August 1843
What a beautiful meditation on the relationship between every member of the Mazenodian Family and our Founder and Father, Saint Eugene!
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