The Oratorian idea necessarily seeks a concrete realization: for it isn’t only an idea, but is also a life, which must be lived in a definite place and time by specific people. So inescapably each particular Oratory expresses a certain selection from among the resources of the tradition, a distinctive inclination and emphasis shaped by the particular persons involved and by the circumstances in which their vocation takes root and unfolds. And since no two Oratories express the Oratorian idea in the same way, a person’s Oratorian vocation cannot develop from the sources alone, but comes to life only in relation to an actual community. He must find in the here and now of a given community the attractions and challenges by means of which he hopes to be sanctified according to the Oratorian idea.

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