OUR VISION- Oblate Youth Australia
The vision of OYA is shaped by out motto- “Through the eyes of Christ we see the world”.
The motto reminds us that our challenge, like the community at
Pentecost, is to look beyond ourselves. Our vision must be Christ’s
vision. The way we approach all things must be the way Christ would.
Our challenge is to make this vision a reality beyond ourselves; in
our families, our school and parish communities and the world beyond.”
(Fr Christian Fini, Homily for the Feast of Pentecost, May 2005)
The motto draws inspiration from Luke’s Gospel; “Blessed are the eyes which see what you see!”
St Eugene De Mazenod, founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate,
encouraged his Oblate communities, and in turn those they served, to
grow by first becoming more human, then becoming Christian and
ultimately becoming saints. “Through the eyes of Christ…we see the
world,” taken from the Constitution and Rules of the
originally written by St Eugene, captures a similar challenge. Through
our journey together on the National Encounters, through
oblateyouth.com or at a local level, we seek to discover the richness
of our humanity, our gifts and talents, to be conscious of “who we are
in the eye of God.” (St Eugene) This ‘new consciousness,’ renews and
strengthens our understanding of Christ’ relationship with us, allowing
us to accept, that, moved through the Holy Spirit we are the living
presence of Christ in our world today. In becoming more Christ-like
we see the realities of our world, mother earth, other people, and
challenges we face, as Christ would – with
compassion, with love, with truthfulness, and with hope.
What would the world look like if we all saw it through the eyes of Christ?
Youth Australia cannot change the world, but by sharing in a common
dream to become a living witness of God on earth, that is ‘living
saints,’ we change both ourselves and the part of the world in which we
- Christian Fini omi
OUR VISION FOR THE WEBSITE...
is an exciting development which has been inspired by young people, who
identify with the Oblates of Mary Immaculate, coming together from
across Australia to share their Catholic faith, their life experiences
and to help build community.
It is our dream and our prayer that this website will allow Oblate
Youth Australia to continue sharing our Catholic Faith and our life
experiences which we hope will build community through the gift of the
At the heart of our vision to build community is ongoing discussion on our forums.
www.oblateyouth.com has in a very short time brought young people, across this sun burnt land of ours, together.
www.oblateyouth.com is the church meeting young people in their own world.
Oblate Youth of Australia, www.oblateyouth.com is yours.
www.oblateyouth.com will only become the dynamic, interactive and a
faith building site we dream of, if you make it your own, and only you
can make this dream happen.