OBLATION: WE GIVE OURSELVES TO HIM WITHOUT RESERVE AND WITHOUT CONDITIONS
Eugene continues to reflect on the meaning of the oblation of Brother Charles Baret, who has just professed his perpetual vows.
Accustom yourself, my dear son, to have confidence in the Lord, without reservation whatsoever. We must become entirely generous toward our Father who is so good and, at the same time, both so great and so powerful. There must be no reservations in the gift of ourselves to him. He knows your needs, he knows the lawful desires of your heart: that’s all that is needed. Rightfully he wants us to consider ourselves so honored, so happy to be admitted into the intimacy of his privileged disciples, that in exchange and in gratitude we give ourselves to him without reserve and without conditions… You consecrated yourself to God, to his Church, to the Congregation.
Goodbye, my dear son. In giving you my blessing for the first time, I embrace you with all my heart.
Letter to Brother Charles Baret, at Notre Dame de L’Osier, 18 August 1843
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