The tour of the house and places in Aix where the life of our congregation began, with meditations on texts of the Founder, as well as a walking pilgrimage from the church of Notre-Dame to Accoules de la Garde in Marseille following the footsteps of our early Fathers, and finally a visit to the Notre-Dame de Lumière sanctuary (where the French Province had its scholasticate for years) had unique and lasting effects on our Oblate hearts.
Undoubtedly, a particularly exciting experience for everyone was the Eucharistic celebration at the tomb of the founder. Father Pawel LATUSEK shared this comment with us: Today, on the penultimate day of our exercises, we are here near our Founder. We are here to experience St. Eugene’s holiness in order to revive in us the desire for holiness. We are here to rekindle the hope and belief once again that holiness is possible, and that it is never too late. Here in this cathedral, where by preaching the Word of God and by the example of his own life, the Founder invites us reinvigour our own pursuit of holiness.
With best wishes to Father Andrzej KORDA, Acting Provincial and his Council from the Aix community, from your brother in Christ; may your experiences of walking the footsteps pf our early Fathers bring much fruit to your ministry, as well as the ministry of the whole province.
Krzysztof ZIELENDA, OMI