1 Day to go before the Congress

21 – 29 MAY 2022

21 – 29 MAY 2022
Mary Immaculate, in her faith response and total openness to the call of the Spirit, is the model and guardian of our consecrated life. (C. 13)

May 26.2022 Hymn: Invoking the Holy Spirit

Before he called together priests to form a missionary society,
Eugene de Mazenod reached out to young people and formed a
sodality for them. He observed that the strategy of Napoleon was
to remove young people from the values and influence of their
families and the Church to be used for his military and political
conquests. Eugene called youth together to strengthen the good
values learned in the family and from the Church, offering them a
community of prayer, formation and recreation.

Scripture reading:
From the Gospel of St. John 2:1-11:
On the third day there was a wedding in Cana of Galilee, and the
mother of Jesus was there. Jesus and his disciples had also been
invited to the wedding. When the wine gave out, the mother of
Jesus said to him, “They have no wine.” And Jesus said to her,
“Woman, what concern is that to you and to me? My hour has not
yet come.” His mother said to the servants, “Do whatever he tells
you.” Now standing there were six stone water jars for the Jewish
rites of purification, each holding twenty or thirty gallons. Jesus
said to them, “Fill the jars with water.” And they filled them up to
the brim. He said to them, “Now draw some out, and take it to the
chief steward.” So they took it. When the steward tasted the water
that had become wine, and did not know where it came from
(though the servants who had drawn the water knew), the steward
called the bridegroom and said to him, “Everyone serves the good
wine first, and then the inferior wine after the guests have become
drunk. But you have kept the good wine until now.” Jesus did this,
2the first of his signs, in Cana of Galilee, and revealed his glory; and
his disciples believed in him.

Devotion to Mary was an integral component of the youth sodality:
“On April 25, 1813, Eugene founded the Association for Christian
Youth, sixteen months after his ordination. The rules and statutes
that he wrote are filled with Marian thinking. From the very first
lines, it is stated that the society in question is one “established
under the intercession of the Immaculate Conception of the most
Holy Virgin”. Eugene got his young people in the habit of seeing in
Mary the Mother of Jesus and “ours as well”, a mother filled with
tenderness, who in virtue of this title desires “to cooperate in [our]
salvation”. In the Association, “public declaration was made to
honor and love” Mary with “unbounded filial tenderness”. There
is a clear idea of what love is: the trust that leads to a total surrender
of oneself into the hands of the person who is loved. That is why it
states that the association members ‘openly declare the most
complete devotion [to Mary]’.” (Dictionary of Oblate Values, ‘Mary’,
Kazimierz Lubowicki, OMI)

Moment of silence
Spontaneous Prayers and Intentions
Concluding Prayer:
Mary Immaculate, we give thanks for your smile upon St. Eugene.
You confirmed his missionary project as an apostolic body in the
Church that would generate abundant fruit for the mission of God
and become a community of holiness. We come before you today
and ask your smile to bless our vocational efforts. Help us to create
apostolic communities of joy, with a fraternal spirit that will attract
3young people to join us. Give us an authentic spirit of prayer that witnesses to the truth that God is all for us. As we persevere in prayer for vocations, help us to have the courage to invite young people to join our way of life. We ask this in the name of Jesus, your Son, the Lord of the harvest. Amen.
Hymn in honor of Mary

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