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A YEAR OF ANGUISH

Yvon Beaudoin narrates: “It is the crucial point in this difficult episode of Bishop de Mazenod’s life. The faithful “Roman” appears abandoned by the Curia, at a time when the police are free to expel him from France whenever they … Continue reading

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A YEAR OF ANGUISH FOR THE FOUNDER

Yvon Beaudoin continues the narrative. “In consequence Bishop de Mazenod renounces his action and keeps as much as possible out of the public eye. Even so he does preside at some religious ceremonies in Marseilles and conducts some pastoral visitations … Continue reading

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I WOULD HAVE THE APPEARANCE OF HAVING BEEN SENT AWAY AS A PENANCE BY THE POPE

As we reflect on this period of conflict that Eugene was living, let us remember the personal suffering he was undergoing. Persecuted by the government, removed as Vicar General to his Uncle Bishop Fortuné in Marseilles, and not experiencing any … Continue reading

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WHEN IT IS A QUESTION NEITHER OF PEACE NOR OF WAR

Eugene remained in Rome for four months. Yvon Beaudoin continues the narrative of the conflict between the French authorities and Bishop de Mazenod: “A short time after his return to Marseilles, in December 1833, the Bishop of Icosia decides to … Continue reading

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A CONFLICT BETWEEN THE FRENCH GOVERNMENT AND THE INDEPENDENCE OF THE CHURCH

We have been following the progress of the conflict between the government and Eugene. We saw how he had been summoned to Rome in the middle of 1833 and perhaps you are finding some of the events confusing. Thus, Yvon … Continue reading

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I DO NOT LOVE YOU ANY THE LESS FOR WHAT IS MORE MISTAKE THAN NEGLECT

Frustrated in Rome with the slow progress in resolving the situation with the French government, Eugene chides Father Tempier for having waited six weeks before responding to an unjust condemnatory letter sent to the diocese of Marseilles by the antagonistic … Continue reading

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THE WISDOM OF GOD AS THE ONLY SURE FOUNDATION

In the midst of the difficulties caused by the Icosia crisis and the absolute uncertainty as to what the French government would allow him to do – or even if they would allow him back into France – Eugene remained … Continue reading

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THE CLERGY MUST STAY OUTSIDE POLITICAL PARTIES SO AS NOT TO COMPROMISE THEIR MINISTRY

Having been falsely accused of being an activist in the political party opposed to the French government, Eugene clarifies and emphasizes his position. …The code of conduct I hold, and that I instil in others, is that the clergy must … Continue reading

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THERE IS NO NEED OF REGRETS WHEN ONE HAS DONE ONE’S BEST. GOD MAKES USE EVEN OF HUMAN MISTAKES TO ACHIEVE HIS PURPOSE

Faced with uncertainty about his future when the French government would take action against him, Eugene places his trust in God for the future. … There is no need of regrets when one has done one’s best. God makes use … Continue reading

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AN INVITATION TO OPTIMISM

In the midst of being persecuted by the political authorities, Eugene remains optimistic because of his faith in God. He reflects to his friend and confidant, Fr Tempier: So you have the advantage of enjoying the pleasure of surprise when, … Continue reading

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