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PAUSE UNTIL OCTOBER 4

A technical glitch regarding translations has forced us to take a break until October 4. I invite you to revisit some of the older entries (there are 2565 to choose from)

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JOIN THE MAZENODIAN FAMILY IN PRAYER AROUND THE WORLD

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THEY ARE CONVINCED THAT THEY WILL NEVER AGAIN SEE THEIR HOMELAND, AND THEY WOULD REPROACH THEMSELVES FOR ANY REGRETS THEY MIGHT HAVE ABOUT IT

In the previous entry we saw how Eugene committed the three young Oblates destined to be missionaries in Canada, Brothers Brunet, Garin and Laverlochère, to Mary’s protection. He wrote about them to Father Guigues, the superior of the community where … Continue reading

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OUR YOUNG OBLATES CAME TO PLACE THEMSELVES AND THEIR MISSIONS UNDER THE PROTECTION OF OUR GOOD MOTHER

Our Founder, as a result of being an Oblate of Mary Immaculate, had a special love for the Marseilles shrine of Notre Dame de la Garde – Our Lady the Guardian of the city and of those who travel by … Continue reading

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THEY ARE ESSENTIALLY MEN OF THE BISHOPS

 In the letter to the Bishop of Quebec, which we saw in the previous entry, Eugene has one sentence which it is important to focus on: They are essentially men of the bishops. It is with this in view that … Continue reading

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MY CHILDREN HAVE CROSSED THE SEAS TO WORK WITH ALL THE ZEAL OF WHICH THEY ARE CAPABLE

At the end of the General Chapter, the Founder gave Father Telmon a letter to deliver to the Bishop of Quebec, the diocese adjoining the one where the Oblates were already ministering. More than ever, Bishop, I am conscious of … Continue reading

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I MUST THANK GOD FOR THE HEALTH THAT HE MAINTAINS IN ME AND ASK HIS PARDON FOR THE BAD USE OF 61 YEARS OF LIFE.

Eugene never gave importance to celebrating his birthday. Patience! Still another year. I must thank God for the health that he maintains in me and ask his pardon for the bad use of 61 years of life. Rather, he put … Continue reading

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I HOPE THAT YOU WILL DO MUCH, BECAUSE YOU SINCERELY LOVE THE GOOD GOD AND THE CHURCH

In the previous entry we reflected on the letter that Eugene had rediscovered from his former spiritual director at the seminary, and the encouragement it gave him to be God’s instrument in the Church. He continued to quote the letter: … Continue reading

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THE GOOD GOD WAITS ONLY FOR OUR CONVERSION IN ORDER TO SHOWER US WITH HIS GRACE

Rummaging through his old papers, Eugene came across a letter from Father Duclaux, his former spiritual director in the seminary in Paris. It had been written nearly 30 years earlier, in 1815, when Eugene was discerning whether God was calling … Continue reading

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I IMPLORE YOU TO EASE MY WAY AND DON’T BE ONE OF THOSE WHO CAN ONLY CLOUD UP THE SKY; THERE ARE ALREADY TOO MANY IN THE ATMOSPHERE IN WHICH I LIVE

As Superior General, Eugene had a global vision of the communitarian and ministerial needs of the Oblates. It was not always easy to convince some of them of their need to focus beyond their immediate ministry and sacrifices themselves for … Continue reading

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