This year, since May 21 fell on Whit Monday, it was on Friday, May 25th that the Mazenodian family was invited to celebrate Saint Eugene de Mazenod with the Community of the Oblates of Aix. At the beginning of the Eucharistic celebration, the faithful listened attentively and emotionally to the account of the last moments of the life of the Founder of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
The words of Scripture and the songs heard during the Mass all evoked Saint Eugene, his charism and the mission of his spiritual sons:
“To be the humble sign among men
And to reveal the Father’s Love,
You showed the way to the Kingdom
To the little ones of this earth “(Ps 95).
Then the many participants gathered in the cloister around the entire community of Aix.
The Oblates of the Mazenod Experience from all over the world were present, as well as Oblates from the community of Marseille.
For the first time, lay people from the parish of Fuveau and one of their priests were present for this festive evening. The Mazenodian family is growing!
Fr. BONGA recalled the message of St. Eugene on charity and the heart of everyone’s mission: to make Jesus Christ known.
Then, the members of the Mazenodian family, the young Mazenodians, and the young people of the Frat, spoke about their experience with the community and within this Mazenodian family: the welcome, the simplicity and the humility of the members of the community, the serenity of this house, the love for one another that shines through, the faith in the service of others, the meeting of different cultures … so many precious gifts drawn from the Oblate charism and highlighted by the speakers!
The evening, enlivened by international songs, continued with a great barbecue that delighted all the members of this beautiful Mazenodian family.