THE HOLY SPIRIT POURED OUT ABUNDANTLY ON THE NEW OBLATE THE ANOINTING OF ITS GENEROUS GIFTS
Leonard Baveux was a 47 year-old Sulpician priest ordained in 1828. His meeting with the Oblates in Montreal led him to discover that he was called to missionary life and he joined them. On August 2 he had made his lifetime commitment through his perpetual oblation, and he had written to Eugene about it. Eugene noted this in his Diary:
Letter from Father Léonard the day following his profession. He proclaims, with the most touching expression, the happiness which he experienced. The bishop of Montreal addressed a very paternal discourse to him; the bishop of Kingston was also present at this wonderful ceremony. The chapel was filled with friends and parish priests. A Jesuit Father was also present. The tears of our Father Léonard made them flow from the eyes of all those present.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 19 September 1843, EO XXI
Then, in a letter to the Bishop of Montreal, Eugene referred to the Bishop’s role in the oblation ceremony.
I have just received a letter from the good Father Leonard. He wrote it to me the day after his profession. Oh, what a consolation it gave me to hear about everything that happened on that beautiful morning. It seems that the Holy Spirit poured the anointing of his generous gifts on the new Oblate. I can judge it from the letter of this fervent religious.
But, Bishop, after having testified my gratitude to the Lord, I cannot stop from expressing to you how touched I am by your fatherly concern for my dear children who are certainly yours. The words you address to them in these circumstances, proving to them how good you are to them, do them incalculable good. How happy they are to have a father like you! I am therefore not worried about them being so far away from me. It is just as if I were with them.
Letter to Bishop Bourget of Montreal, 1 October 1843, EO I n 26
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