Frat-Oser, Lenten weekend in Marseille

Each year, the Frat-Oser (the student group in the Oblate community) in Aix-en-Provence takes two days off. So, faithful to this tradition, the weekend of March 7 and 8, 2015, allowed us, the students of this school year 2014/2015, to have a look at these first months, in an authentic, fraternal, and spiritual atmosphere. Br. Benoît and Fr. Bonga accompanied us in this process.

Frat-Oser on the hill at Notre-Dame de la Garde

Frat-Oser on the hill at Notre-Dame de la Garde

So, on Saturday morning, we left on the way to Notre-Dame de la Garde in Marseille, where we were welcomed very nicely by the community of the Sisters of the Immaculate Conception, whose kindness warmed our hearts. The visit of Notre-Dame de la Garde, on a beautiful sunny day, was one of the high points to help us reflect over the past six months.

The gospel of the Samaritan woman, a theme of our day away, guided us in our prayers. With the times for relaxing, for spiritual sharing, and adoration of the Blessed Sacrament, the day was very rich. It gave us all a chance to strengthen the bonds which unite us, and it ended with an evening filled with good humour and joy for everyone.

Frat-Oser in front of the the tomb of St. Eugene De Mazenod

Frat-Oser in front of the the tomb of St. Eugene De Mazenod

On Sunday morning, after Mass celebrated by Fr. Bonga, we discovered, with much interest, the Cathedral of Sainte-Marie-Majeure, where is found the tomb of the Founder of the Oblate community, Saint Eugene de Mazenod. To learn more about this holy man gave even more meaning, both spiritual and material, to our belonging together as a group.

Then, at the end of the morning, we came back to Aix-en-Provence very happy, and we shared a good meal with the brothers of the Oblate community.

So, this weekend was for all of us an enriching experience, and a breath of fresh air.

Sam & Marie