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IT SEEMED TO ME THAT I COULD SAY LIKE OUR DIVINE MASTER THAT A POWER HAD GONE OUT FROM ME AND I KNEW IT

This Holy Saturday ordination brings me back the memory of the first I had the happiness of doing on the same day in 1833. In the previous journal entry, Eugene had described the priestly ordination of Charles Bellon, and now … Continue reading

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THE HAPPINESS OF MY TWO-FOLD PATERNITY

Eugene wrote in his personal journal: Holy Saturday: Ordination of our worthy Brother Bellon… Our hopes could not be higher for this well-beloved child, who not only has never earned the least reproach since he entered the Congregation, but has … Continue reading

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THEIR SOULS ARE NOT WORTH MORE OR LESS THAN THOSE OF THE LEAST PEASANTS, IF WE CONSIDER THEM IN TERMS OF THE PRICE THE LORD HAS PAID FOR THEM

The approach of the Oblates was always to be close to the people, especially the poorest and most abandoned. In Provence these were the people who did not understand much French, so the Oblates preached in the Provencal language. Father … Continue reading

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WE ARE THE MINISTERS OF HIS MERCY, AND SO LET US ALWAYS HAVE THE TENDERNESS OF A FATHER TOWARDS ALL

Sometimes when we encounter opposition, and even hostility, in our living and expressing Gospel values, we are tempted to respond negatively. Eugene counteracts this here: We are the ministers of his mercy, and so let us always have the tenderness … Continue reading

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REMEMBER THAT YOU ARE SENT TO SINNERS, AND YOU MUST EXPECT RESISTANCE FROM THE DEVIL

Yesterday we read Eugene’s reaction in his personal journal to the incident where Father Guigues had received opposition from some young people. Today we read Eugene’s response to him which reasserts the pastoral attitude which he expected all the members … Continue reading

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SINNERS SHOULD BE WELCOMED WITH THE MOST MOVING KINDNESS

Letter from Father Guigues. The Theys mission that he is currently giving, with his colleagues from the house of N. D. de l’Osier, is going wonderfully. The missionaries are in the confessional from morning to evening. They have it is … Continue reading

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REMEMBER to take some time to unite yourself with the Family of St Eugene de Mazenod today in the practice of oraison

  Oraison for November 2019

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ORAISON: PRAYING WITH THE MAZENODIAN FAMILY

“In the prolonged silent prayer we make each day, we let ourselves be molded by the Lord, and find in him the inspiration of our conduct” (OMI Rule of Life, 33). The practice of Oraison was an important part of St. Eugene’s daily prayer during … Continue reading

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IT WAS FROM THE FOOT OF THE ALTAR THAT THEY WERE GOING OUT FOR FRESH CONQUESTS

Anniversary of the approval of the institute by the Holy See… The second renewal prescribed by the Chapter was carried out immediately afterwards, in my presence, by all the priests and oblates [ed. Eugene always referred ot the scholastics as … Continue reading

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ORPHANS WELCOMED WITH CHARITY AND TRUST IN DIVINE PROVIDENCE

At the end of each day, Eugene would write his personal journal and record some of the events of the day and his personal reactions. Today he gives thanks for the project of the orphanage which he and his uncle … Continue reading

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