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THE POSSIBILITY OF EXPULSION BY THE POLICE

Yvon Beaudoin gives us the background to Eugene’s letter: “The Founder had seen the Pope again on October 2, and was to leave Rome on the 11th. He received however the letter dated September 28 in which Father Tempier sent … Continue reading

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I NEED TO THINK, TO HAVE LIGHT, I ASK GOD TO GRANT ME ENLIGHTENMENT

In the midst of all the serious political intrigue around him, Eugene never forgets where his source of strength comes from: .. It was necessary in effect to take pause after my Wednesday morning session. I lie low, I need … Continue reading

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THE POPE CLARIFIES THE SITUATION

Finally Eugene met the Pope and was able to begin to understand the mess which the political intrigue had caused. … The audience with the Pope was closed to all but myself and the ministers. I was with His Holiness … Continue reading

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APOSTOLIC COURAGE WHICH WILL ENABLE ME NEVER TO YIELD TO THE POWERS OF EVIL

In Rome, Eugene was staying at the Church of San Silvestro. It was here that he had lived when he had come to seek Papal approbation of the Oblates, and it was here that he had been consecrated bishop the … Continue reading

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THE VICTIM OF A GOVERNMENT INTRIGUE

Eugene had dropped everything in Marseilles to rush to Rome to respond to the Pope’s urgent call. Yet, when he arrived in Rome, it took the Pope two weeks before he received Eugene in audience. Gradually it became clear to … Continue reading

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CHANGING EUCHARISTIC PRACTICES

On his way to Rome, Eugene hoped to arrive in Civitavecchia in time to celebrate Mass on the Feast of the Assumption. At that time one had to fast from midnight in order to receive Communion the next day. Eugene … Continue reading

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MAY YOUR WILL BE DONE

My dear friends, whenever I had to take my leave of you, it has always been heavy of heart, but this time there is no consolation at all on the horizon to ease my sorrow. Leaving you, my dear friend. … Continue reading

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WHEN THE POPE SPEAKS TO A BISHOP WITH THE GOOD OF THE CHURCH IN VIEW, HE MUST BE OBEYED

Writing to Fr Courtès, one of the first Oblates in Aix en Provence, about his impending visit to Rome at the summons of the Pope, he says: … Now I cannot put off telling you something that will come as … Continue reading

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AT THE VOICE OF THE SOVEREIGN PONTIFF

Before I interrupted the chronological exploration of St Eugene’s letters in http://www.eugenedemazenod.net/?p=3839  we were reading the events of 1832. The anti-religious government had decided to suppress the Diocese of Marseilles once Bishop Fortuné de Mazenod would pass on. In order … Continue reading

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WHY THIS DAILY REFLECTION “ST EUGENE SPEAKS?”

These reflections have been published for nearly nine years, since May 2010, in four languages. What is their purpose? It is primarily to make the life and writings of St Eugene available to a wider audience. I share with you … Continue reading

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