A Message from Our Superior General on the Occasion of the Beatification of the Oblate Martyrs of Spain

These are the ones who have survived the time of great distress; they have washed their robes and made them white in the blood of the Lamb.” (Rev. 7:14)

The Spanish Oblate Martyrs

We share Eugene’s joy and we are filled with gratitude for the beatification our brother Oblates who were martyred in Spain. We are also called to renew our commitment. Religious life, the desire to live the baptismal call in a radical way, is a kind of successor to the period of martyrdom in the early Church. Our consecrated life, inspired in the witness of the first martyrs, is a decision to follow in radical way the Lord Jesus through the vows and in community. The beatification of the Oblate Martyrs of Spain demands that we choose again to live the root of our consecration by handing over our lives to follow Jesus.

 

It is precisely for this reason that the last General Chapter called us to conversion. This is the great challenge and the demand that the beatification of the Spanish Oblate Martyrs brings us. As we read about the generous sacrifice of their lives, we return to the roots of our vocation and we can’t tolerate living a life that is “watered down”. I pray that by the witness of the martyrial oblation of the Blessed Oblate Martyrs of Spain we will be impassioned to live radically the following of Jesus. I ask them to intercede so that the Spirit will set us on fire as missionaries to the poor in the context of our reality with the complex challenges we face today.

 

A strong and deep faith fueled the missionary dreams of the Oblate Martyrs of Spain and attracted them to offer their lives to preach the Gospel to the poor in Spain, Argentina, Uruguay and the Southwest U.S. We stand in awe of their capacity to give themselves to the Father in obedience even unto death, an ultimately selfless act for the love of the people they did not yet know in the missions they hoped to serve. In the midst of these Oblate Martyrs there is also is a lay man who was a husband and father. I believe it is a sign of the Oblate charism, “always close to the people we serve” that in this beatification of Oblate Martyrs there is a lay person among the Oblates. This is another motive for which we rejoice.

 

Saint Eugene is all smiles for this celebration. We too feel pride and joy for the faithfulness and radical love of the Oblate Martyrs of Spain. We sing with Mary Immaculate, Mother of Apostles and Martyrs, her Song of Praise for this great day: “My soul proclaims the greatness of the Lord.”

Fr. Louis Lougen, OMI
Superior General
17 December

 

Welcome To Our New Site!

Fr Ken

Welcome to this new vocation site for the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. My name is Fr Ken Thorson OMI. I am the Director of Vocations for my Oblate Province, OMI Lacombe Canada. My ministry is pretty simple, I help people who are discerning their vocation; that is, I try to help people as they sort out what it is God might be calling them to do with their lives. Prior to this ministry I served in Birmingham, England, and Saskatoon.

 

Frederick Buechner wrote that vocation is, that place where your deep gladness meets the world’s deep need. It is God’s desire that each of us live a life of deep gladness or joy. But in the life of Jesus, and in the lives of those who followed him, we see that this joy seems possible only when we are giving of ourselves to God in service of others. What’s key is that we find what we are meant to do and then apply that to the many faces of poverty and need in the world. The goal of oblatevocations.ca is to provide information for people in the process of making a prayerful decision (discernment) as to how God is calling them to live their lives.

 

One option for Catholic men is to live as a religious brother or priest. I have to say, that while it’s not for everybody, it is a great life for those of us who answer God’s call. For those of you considering this option our site provides some information on the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate that might help you in your discernment.

 

There will be at least one new post each week on the blog so be sure to check in once in awhile. Also, feel free to check out the links Facebook page and YouTube channel. And finally, don’t hesitate to get in touch with me any time (you’ll find my contact details on the homepage) with your thoughts, insights and questions. And if there’s anything else you want to see on the site let me know about that too.

 

Fr Ken Thorson OMI