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REFLECT, REST, STAY CONNECTED

A week later, Eugene wrote again to the young community superior to repeat and underline the same guiding themes: Don’t be unfaithful to the theological conferences prescribed by the Rule. I have no intention of giving anyone in any house … Continue reading

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THIS RELENTLESS APPLICATION TO WORKS OF THE EXTERIOR MINISTRY IS ABSOLUTELY AGAINST THE RULES

In our hectic multimedia and multi-tasking lifestyle, we need to hear the call of Eugene to an equilibrium activity and spirituality. It disturbs me to see you overloading yourself with engagements; I don’t at all approve of that way of … Continue reading

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THOSE WITH RESPONSIBILITIES NEED TO PRAY ABOUT THEIR DUTIES

Although I have spent numerous entries above focusing exclusively on the two cholera epidemics, we need to remember that Eugene’s role as Superior General constantly involved him in the overall guidance of the spirit and mission of the Oblates. In … Continue reading

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I HAVE BEEN CAGED-UP

While the Oblates and those in Marseilles were in the thick of ministering to the cholera victims, Eugene was away at the community of Osier and then Laus. As we have seen above he had had to leave Marseilles as … Continue reading

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THEY FELT AS IF THEY WERE ENDOWED WITH A SUPERNATURAL STRENGTH WHICH ENABLED THEM TO CARRY OUT THEIR MINISTRY WITH COURAGE AND JOY

Eugene continues to marvel at what the Oblates achieved for those most in need. At Aix especially it has been really wonderful. Words will never be able to express what our good Fathers achieved both at the hospital and in … Continue reading

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PRAYER IS THE ONLY COURSE OPEN TO ME

Ordered to stay away from Marseilles, Eugene confides his anxiety for the Oblates to his friend and confidante, Father Tempier, and the only response possible for him. My dear Friend, normal life is impossible at this unhappy juncture. My heart … Continue reading

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BUT THE TRUTH IS MY WORDS ARE INADEQUATE TO EXPRESS WHAT THE MISSIONARIES ARE DOING

Eugene continues to marvel at the courage of the Oblates in the face of danger, and of God’s miraculous protection. But the truth is my words are inadequate to express what they are doing. After reaching exhaustion at the hospital, … Continue reading

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HOW HAPPY THEY ARE TO BE ABLE TO SACRIFICE THEMSELVES FOR THEIR BROTHERS AT THE PRICE OF THEIR LIVES, LIKE OUR DIVINE MASTER WHO DIED FOR THE SALVATION OF PEOPLE

In the case of priests and even deacons, the situation is different. May God bless their zeal and reward their charity! They are at their post. I never cease to pray and to have others pray for their safety, but … Continue reading

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IT IS IMPOSSIBLE TO NARRATE THE HEROISM OF THE DEVOTEDNESS OF THE NOVICES AND SCHOLASTICS

The entire clergy of Marseilles, including our missionaries, acquitted themselves marvellously. At Aix, it is a scandal. They left it all to be done by our Fathers, who did wonders, but in addition people gave them due credit, pending divine … Continue reading

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WE HAVE HAD SOME TERRIBLE DAYS TO THE POINT WHERE 400 DIED IN ONE DAY

Since Eugene was away, Henri Tempier wrote to Eugene’s mother to give her an update on the horror of the situation in Marseilles Madame, I understand that you will be less anxious if you know what is happening here. That … Continue reading

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