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THE FIRST CANADIAN OBLATE

Writing to the Bishop of Montreal about the Oblate missionaries, Eugene said:  I await impatiently some news of the first mission that our fathers have given in the parish where you have placed them… I have learnt from Father Honorat … Continue reading

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MISSIONARY DEDICATION OVERCOMES PERSONAL PREFERENCES

St. Eugene wrote to the Bishop of Montreal to thank him for the warm and fatherly welcome he had given to the newly-arrived Oblates. Their letters prove to me that they know and appreciate the sentiments you manifest to them … Continue reading

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IF YOU DEPART FROM THIS RULE OF WISDOM YOU WILL SOON BE LIKE INSIPID SALT

Continuing form our previous entry, we see how Eugene recommended that Louis Dassy not get carried away by his zeal for archaeology. The point he makes is relevant to all of us in our multi-tasking society: do some of our … Continue reading

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IF YOU FEEL YOU COULD COMBINE THE DUTIES OF YOUR NEW JOB WITH THOSE OF YOUR VOCATION

In the previous entry we saw how the talented and enthusiastic Fr Louis Dassy had become involved in archaeological pursuits. It was an honor for him that the academic world valued his competence. Eugene, however, was concerned that this young … Continue reading

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ORAISON: JOIN THE MAZENODIAN FAMILY IN PRAYER ON SUNDAY APRIL 18

For the text: https://sites.google.com/view/mazenodianfamily/monthly-oraison/april-18-2021

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I DO NOT AT ALL SEE ANY GLORY FOR THE CONGREGATION IN ALL THIS

Young Father Louis Toussaint Dassy was very talented and full of zeal. He wrote to Eugene on March 19 to wish him for his patronal feast day. He also mentioned that the Arts committee of Paris had appointed him the … Continue reading

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THERE WILL COME A TIME WHEN THE IMAGINATION WILL GROW COLD AND THEN HE WILL BE HAPPY TO FIND IN HIS TEXTS THE SPIRIT OF HIS EARLY YEARS

The Oblates were primarily preachers of the Gospel, a reality that necessitated well-prepared texts. Writing to the superior of the first Oblate community in Canada, Eugene underlined the importance of good preparation. Let the youngest amongst you be put to … Continue reading

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DO NOT LET YOURSELVES BE OVERWHELMED BY THE WORK

Knowing the zeal and generosity of the first group of Oblate missionaries in Canada, Eugene encouraged them to maintain a balance.  Do not let yourselves be overwhelmed by the work which will soon surpass your strength. One must never want … Continue reading

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BE WHAT YOU SHOULD BE

I hope, I am even confident that not one of our men is blind to the importance and grandeur of your mission. The future of the Congregation in the New World is in your hands. Writing to Father Honorat, superior … Continue reading

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MILESTONES

Eugene was in a reminiscing mood on the day of this diary entry.  For some reason he decided to make a list of all his anniversaries. As we read it, perhaps it could inspire each of us to do the … Continue reading

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