Pentacost Life

First Reading:  Act 2:1-11

Second Reading:  1 Chor 12:3b-7, 12-13

Gospel: John 20:19-23

 

What should I say on the day of Pentecost? There is too much to say. I just want to talk to you about the connection between the Resurrection - the Ascension - and Pentecost.

The Resurrection: Christ, our Master is risen ... he is alive!

The Ascension: Christ, our Master ascended to the Father

Pentecost: Christ, our Master is present in His Spirit.

 

 

My Dear Children

My dear children,

I, a man of the XIXth century, want, by this letter, to reach you in your times of the XXIth where, in this period of Lent 2020, you are going through a global health crisis. With my life experience, I would like to share this with you:

As a young priest in 1814 in Aix-en-Provence, my heart is bleeding today with you in front of so many anguished “poor people with many faces”, so many isolated or carefree young people, so many rebellious prisoners. On this subject, do not forget that I contracted typhus from Austrian prisoners of war and that, I owe healing thanks to the incessant prayer of young people in front of the Statue of our Lady of Grace.

As Superior General of a missionary Congregation, my heart is bleeding today with you before this pandemic which affects all continents: after Asia, now Europe, and already Latin America and Africa. To date, I see that more than a third of humanity is confined because of this virus.

 

 

We were Born for Times Like This

(Letter from Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI, Superior General, on the Feast Day of St. Eugene de Mazenod, 21 May 2020)

Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI

 

L.J.C. et M.I.

Dear Oblates, and all our Brothers and Sisters imbued with the Oblate Charism,

May you have a joyful celebration in honor of Saint Eugene de Mazenod!

In a very short period of time our lives have been drastically changed by the pandemic of the coronavirus.  Was anyone untouched?  Very quickly, the pandemic took over our lives.  All forms of media kept the news and the pictures before us: cities of millions, shut down and empty streets; overcrowded hospitals, with stressed-out health care workers; morgues, without space for the bodies of the deceased; over and over the numbers: those who contracted the virus and those who died.  Masks, hand gel, social distancing, lockdowns, and essential services jumped into our everyday vocabulary.  We saw the excruciating pain caused by the virus and so many people dying alone, in isolation, separated from loved ones, often without the solace of the sacraments. Uncertainty, fear, anxiety and stress; unemployment, no salaries, hunger. The poor hit hardest by the pandemic.

The churches, at the high point of the liturgical year, Holy Week and the Sacred Triduum, were closed and empty.  Many people expressed their great sorrow at being excluded from the special liturgies, and the inaccessibility to the sacraments of Reconciliation and Eucharist.   Live-streaming of celebrations of the Eucharist were present through the internet and helped fill a vacuum.  Who wasn’t strongly moved to see Pope Francis, on March 28, walking through the rain in an empty St. Peter’s Square, to bestow the Urbi et Orbi blessing?  He expressed the pain of the world and our unflinching trust that God is in our midst and holds us tenderly close to him.

 

 

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… “

 

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