Catholic Prayer: Prayer for the Missions in Honor of St. Eugene de Mazenod
St. Eugene founded the Oblates of Mary Immaculate primarily to serve the spiritually needy and deprived of the French countryside, Eugene's zeal for the Kingdom of God and his devotion to the Church moved the Oblates to the advancing edge of the apostolate. His men ventured into Switzerland, England, Ireland. Because of his zeal, Eugene had been dubbed "a second Paul," and bishops from the missions came to him asking for Oblates for their expanding mission fields. Eugene responded willingly despite small initial numbers, and sent his men out to Canada, to the United States, to Ceylon (Sri Lanka), to South Africa, to Basutoland (Lesotho). As missionaries in his mould, they fanned out preaching, baptising, caring. They frequently opened up previously uncharted lands, established and manned many new dioceses, and in a multitude of ways they "left nothing undared that the Kingdom of Christ might be advanced." In the years that followed, the Oblate mission thrust continued, so that today the impulse of Eugene de Mazenod is alive in his men in 68 different countries.
God our Father, we thank you for having called Saint Eugene de Mazenod to follow Christ the Saviour and Evangelizer.
Passionately in love with your Son Jesus and sharing in his compassion for humanity Eugene put himself unconditionally at the service of the Church for the evangelization of these most in need.
Through his intercession help us to reach out with the healing touch of Christ who calls us to holiness and to Mission.
May we build communities which are signs of your presence, and share the Good News of salvation with all peoples.
For this we dedicate ourselves, through Christ our Lord. Amen.
Saint Eugene de Mazenod, Share with us your love for Christ.
Saint Eugene de Mazenod, Help us to stand firm in goodness.
Saint Eugene de Mazenod, Be with us in all our efforts.Prayer Source: Prayers from Various Websites