PUT YOUR CONFIDENCE IN HIM IN WHOSE NAME YOU ARE SENT
“For we are the aroma of Christ for God among those who are being saved and among those who are perishing” (2 Corinthians 2,15)
A wealthy Englishman, Ambrose Phillips owned the mansion of Grace Dieu, in Leicester county, England. He turned it into a Mass-center from which the priests could undertake the evangelization and conversion of the surrounding villages. In 1845 he invited the Oblates to establish a community there. Eugene appointed the 32 year-old Fr. Frédéric Perron as Superior by Eugene. He had only been a priest for 6 years, and Eugene wrote to encourage him in his responsibility of establishing a new mission.
Put your confidence in Him in whose name you are sent and be persuaded that He will bless your obedience and pour most abundant graces upon the work of your ministry…
Constantly in so many of his letters, Eugene repeats that the only source of guidance in any community and mission is to be the Oblate Rule, which is the application of the Gospel according to the charism that he had received.
Above all take great care to be bound by all things prescribed by our Rules and Constitutions. You have in the book wherein they are inscribed a sure and faithful counsellor to guide you on all occasions and advice which will enable you always to do what is most agreeable to God and most useful to yourself and others.
Then we encounter another of Eugene’s favorite expressions for mission: let the beautiful aroma of Jesus permeate from your community to all those whom you are evangelizing.
… Let order and regularity reign in the interior of the house, so that the good aroma of Jesus Christ may spread throughout the places where you dwell.
Letter to Father Frédéric Perron at Grace Dieu, England, 25 August 1845, EO III n 11
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