Daily Inspirations

Quote of the day

We must obey when God calls us.

St. Eugene de Mazenod

Reflection of the day

September 25

“Our prayer is part of our whole life. It will depend, to a large extent, on the option that we have made for Jesus Christ. If we have truly given everything to Christ and if it is he whom we seek in all things — or at least have that desire — it is very likely that our prayer life will go well. Otherwise, if there is little space in our life for Jesus Christ, our prayer is likely to always be a very superficial appendix.”

F. Jetté OMI

Weekly anecdote

The Great Provider of the missions

Gabriel BREYNAT

In Mackenzie, during the first half of the 20th Century, one Oblate, who was noted for his curly beard, colorful language, and numerous initiatives, left a lasting impression on the Amerindians as well as on the white settlers. Gabriel Breynat, who was called the “flying bishop” was born at Saint-Vallier, south of Lyon, on October 6, 1867. He became an Oblate and was later ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Emile Grouard, in February, 1892. Two months later he boarded with the Bishop for the missions of the Canadian Northwest. Barely had he arrived among the “Mangeurs-de-Caribous” (Caribou Eaters) at Fond-du-Lac, by the shore of Athabaska Lake, when a letter from France brought news of his father’s death, followed soon by another letter announcing the deaths of his mother and sister. The Amerindians of the mission, on learning of the sorrows that afflicted their missionary, came to him and said: “Well, now that you are an orphan, you will love us all the more, for we will be as a father and mother to you! Please stop the water in your eyes.” (more…)

Weekly photograph

Pope John Paul II – during the Canonization Mass of St. Eugene de Mazenod (03-12-1995)
Photo – www.omiworld.org

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