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AN ONGOING SMEAR-CAMPAIGN

In the ongoing smear-campaign against Eugene an article of Martin-Lazare had been published on July 10 in the anti-religious Sémaphore newspaper. It claimed that Cardinal Pacca, who was the Pope’s Secretary of State, had written to the Bishop of Icosia … Continue reading

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IT SEEMS THAT THE SPIRIT OF HELL DOESN’T CONSENT TO GIVE ME RELIEF

As a result of the government’s pressure, Eugene had resigned all his responsibilities in Marseilles and had left the city to live in the Oblate community of l’Osier. … My wish would be to be forgotten by the world as … Continue reading

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BAD PRIESTS THINK TO WEAR MY COURAGE DOWN AFTER TAKING ADVANTAGE OF MY GOODWILL

Eugene shares the suffering he is experiencing publicly from a handful of the priests of the Marseilles diocese. My dear Child, far from hoping for some rest, each day I see fresh difficulties come up that put my patience and … Continue reading

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IT WOULD BE THE DEATH OF ME AND I WOULD BE A MARTYR TO IT

In the coming entries we focus again on the long-standing difficulties that Eugene had been living through, not only with the government but also with some clergy in the diocese. We have noted that in Marseilles, as the Vicar General … Continue reading

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IT IS MY HOPE THAT HE WILL BEHAVE IN SUCH A WAY AS TO ATTRACT YOUR FRIENDSHIP AND THAT OF THE OTHER FATHERS OF THE HOUSE

Sending the newly-ordained priest Calixte Kotterer, who seemed to have a reputation for being difficult, Eugene gives the community superior an indication of his strengths and weakness. What strikes me is the spirit of fraternal warmth and friendship that Eugene … Continue reading

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AN INVITATION TO RECOGNIZE GOD’S DIRECTION THROUGH EVENTS

Eugene had hoped to reinforce the small community at the newly-established sanctuary of l’Osier with two more Oblates, but events had forced him to alter this Along with Kotterer I had earmarked Bernard for you, the wonder-worker of Switzerland, but … Continue reading

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LET’S HAVE NO MORE DEBATE ABOUT THE GOOD BROTHERS

Initially the Missionaries had been founded as a society of priests to evangelize though preaching and sacraments. Two years later, when we became religious with vows, the element of religious life became an essential component of our vocation. This opened … Continue reading

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THEIR LETTERS ALWAYS GIVE ME THE GREATEST JOY

At this stage the communities were generally composed of young Oblates. Eugene as the Founder was always conscious that the foundation of the Missionaries had come from God with a specific mission and spirit (charism). It was his responsibility to … Continue reading

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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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