Papal Approbation of the Constitutions and Rules

The Letter of the Superior General

on the 194th Anniversary of the Papal Approbation

of the Constitutions and Rules

Dear Brother Oblates and all who live inspired in the Oblate charism,

“The Spirit of the Lord is upon me,
because he has anointed me
to bring good news to the poor.
He has sent me to proclaim release to the captives
and recovery of sight to the blind,
to let the oppressed go free,
to proclaim the year of the Lord’s favor.” (Luke 4:18-19)

Each time I hear these words proclaimed or ponder them in prayer, I believe that we are anointed anew for the mission of Jesus.  The Trinity is working within and among us: the Father, in an outpouring of love, fills us with the Spirit and sends us to partake in the Mission of the Word made flesh.

Today, we celebrate the Church’s blessing upon the missionary vision of Eugene de Mazenod.  Surprisingly, the Church’s approval was granted quickly.  Eugene de Mazenod knew it was divine providence that guided him and that moved Pope Leo XII to grant pontifical approval of our Constitutions and Rules on February 17 1826.  The Pope desired renewal of the Church, and hearing about the wonders of this band of missionaries in France, he sped up the process of approbation.

 

"Pergilah, dan Perbuatlah Demikian."

First Reading: Deuteronomy 39:10-14

Psalm: Psalm 69: 14-17, 30-31, 33-34, 36 ab, 37

Second Reading: Colossians 1:15-20

Gospel:  Luke 10:25-37

In the first reading of the book of Deuteronomy, Moses said to the people: “Heed the voice of the Lord, your God, and keep his commandments and statutes that are written in this book of the law,when you return to the Lord, your God, with all your heart and all your soul.  For this command that I enjoin on you today is not too mysterious and remote for you.... it is something very near to you, already in your mouths and in your hearts; you have only to carry it out."

“… The Word of the Lord is verynear to you, already in your mouth and in your hearts… “

 

Pentacost - Freedom and New Life

In the Church’s prayer books, it is written as a practical advice: “Pentecost is a celebration to be solemnised! “Pentecost” means 50 in Greek. It is the first and foremost of the Jewish holiday celebrated on the 50th day after Easter, which commemorates the liberation from the servitude of Egypt.  For Christians, it is the day when the Holy Spirit gives to all the new life, Jesus has risen from the dead.”

Therefore, in relation to this, I propose two questions: is there a correlation between the liberation from servitude and the resurrection from the dead? Between the Spirit and new life?

The answer to both questions is, “Yes, of course”.

Pentecost is liberation and new life.

 

 

Letter of the Superior General for the Feast of St. Eugene de Mazenod

Dear Brother Oblates and all our Brothers and Sisters living the Oblate Charism,

The feast of St. Eugene de Mazenod always brings us the renewed desire to live more faithfully as he insisted: with charity among us and zeal for the salvation of souls.   May this day be a special day of prayer, communion and joyful celebration!

Very shortly, in July, the Major Superiors of the Congregation will be meeting for the Interchapter in Obra, Poland.  We will be evaluating how the decisions taken in the 2016 General Chapter have been carried out and how to further implement them; the remote preparation for the next Chapter will also begin at the Interchapter.  Please pray to the Holy Spirit so that we may achieve greater effectiveness in responding to the Chapter directions.

In January of this year, the members of the Central Government spent several days in Palermo, Sicily, following the footsteps of Eugene de Mazenod.  It was in Palermo that he spent the last stage of his exile, from 1799 to 1802, before finally returning to France.  He would have been there from the age of 17 to 20 years.  We were guided on this pilgrimage by a member of MAMI, Enzo David, and by the president of the secular Institute, Oblate Missionary Cooperators of the Immaculate ((COMI), Ileana Chinnici.

 

We Must Also Bear Fruit

"Do you think that because of these Galileans suffered in this way they were greater sinners than all other Galileans?  ... or those eighteen people who were killed when the tower at Siloam fell on them – do you think they were more guilty than everyone else who lived in Jerusalem?"

Sisters and brothers, there are two great temptations in our spiritual life.

The first temptation is manifested in a word: punishment . We are tempted to think and believe that there is a direct link between misery and God's punishment: "I'm sick because I have sinned” – “I got an accident because God is angry with me” – “I have problems because I am not in the way of God” -  etc.  Shortly saying: God punishes me!

 

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