Oblates of the Sacred Heart of Jesus and Immaculate Heart of Mary
As known as the Fathers and Brothers of St. Edmund
The Edmundite Heritage as found in the Early Rule
Formed in the image of Jesus Christ,
we belong not to ourselves,
but to Him.
We desire to do what Jesus Christ did,
even suffer, if necessary,
in union with Him and for the same ends.
We are called to live
as Jesus himself lived:
We must shed our former way of living
and put on the new life of Christ.
This we will accomplish by
a life of faith,
the practice of religion
befit our vocation.
Our charity must extend to all
and in some way embrace all.
and those who feel most separated from God (i.e., sinners)
need to experience our charity more than others.
Vision and Mandates in the Early Rule
Seek to serve as Jesus did.
Your actions will speak louder than your words.
Live the Society’s motto, which is Jesus’ invitation: “Learn from me because I am gentle and humble of heart.”
Make known the love of Jesus’ Sacred Heart and Mary’s Immaculate Heart.
Charity is to be the primary virtue.
Give priority to those most in need of your charity.
The Centrality of Charity in the Early Rule
Because we have no other bonds to one another but mutual charity, the virtue of charity becomes for us such an essential duty that our Society would soon be dissolved if charity ceased to exist among us. Hence, we will look upon mutual charity as the safeguard of our Society; we will abhor anything that could attack it and will protect it as the apple of our eyes. Thus, as faithful observers of the commandment that Our Lord gave His apostles to love one another, which He called His precept, we will love one another with a true, firm and heartfelt love. We will share our sorrows, joys and feelings; we will bear with kindness minor differences of temperament and personality in such a way that one would think that all of us had the same personality and temperament. In the joy and peace which will be our happiness even here below, we will taste the fruit of this tender fraternity.