On the same day they signed a letter to the Church authorities in Aix requesting authorization for the community and missionary activities they were to undertake. What I like about them is that they were sensible people. They knew they were going to be busy with their mission work that’s why they wanted to have a home, not simply to rest after hard work but to renew themselves in their commitment to Christ. That first home was very austere but its residents were in love with Christ. That’s why the Missionaries were always eager on returning to it, even for brief periods between missions. It was their oasis where sharing the community life they were reinvigorated in faith.
This very special day I will spend with my Brothers Oblates in our community in Sorrento in Victoria. During my travels last year it was what I missed most – my Brothers Oblates. Why? Because what happened on January 25, 1816 in Aix in France still works in our communities. There I can get reinvigorated in my love for Christ. We Oblates don’t just talk about Christ we live with Him.