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IT REVOLTS ME AND DAMAGES MY CONVICTION WHICH CANNOT BE BASED ON THINGS IT CAN REFUSE TO BELIEVE

In previous retreat notes we have seen that when Eugene was using the Ignatian retreat method, he used to refuse to do the set meditations on hell, which required him to conjure up pictures of horror. He judged it as … Continue reading

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ONE DOES NOT CEASE TO GROW OLD BECAUSE ONE FEELS LIKE A THIRTY-YEAR-OLD

Continuing to reflect on Eugene’s resolutions as he entered retreat, we encounter another very practical motivation for doing a good retreat: the possibility of death. He gives the impression that he considered 50 to be a ripe old age – … Continue reading

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I WILL ACHIEVE CONVICTION BY CHALLENGING MY WAY OF CARRYING OUT MY DUTIES

Conversion is a daily task that helps us to re-focus on our priorities. What means was Eugene to use to achieve the desired conversion? The practical Eugene did not do this in his head – it was by examining the … Continue reading

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MY BUSINESS IS NOT TO BECOME BETTER BUT TO BECOME GOOD

Why enter into a time of retreat? Eugene’s zeal and desire to be “all for God” could not stop at a half-measure of becoming better. It was all or nothing for him: total conversion to God. Life was a process … Continue reading

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PRAYER: ONCE THE TORRENT HAS SUBSIDED AND I BEGIN TO BE ALONE WITH MYSELF

Realistically, Eugene realizes that in order to enter into prayer he has to struggle to break away from the grip of work and its demands – otherwise his attempts at prayer will be like swimming against a torrent of water … Continue reading

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I HAVE TO ISOLATE MYSELF TOTALLY FROM MY ORDINARY TASKS

Before Eugene began his retreat, a more intense time dedicated to prayer, he made a number of resolutions to ensure the success of this time of solitude in the presence of God. Praised be Jesus Christ, and Mary Immaculate This … Continue reading

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THE DESIRE TO PREPARE MYSELF FOR DEATH IN CASE…

Eugene had lived a very difficult couple of years due to his illness, which necessitated a long recovery. As he was recovering, he was then battered by the political events and persecution caused by the July 1830 Revolution and the … Continue reading

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SAINT EUGENE STILL SPEAKS IN OTHER WAYS DURING OUR PAUSE

During our pause I invite you to consult the many reflections on this website which have been published since 2010. I also invite you to consult the actual writings of St Eugene online. You can find theses in chronological order … Continue reading

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WITH MARY IMMACULATE DURING OUR PAUSE

As these refections will pause for the month of December, I wish each of you a Happy Feastday for December 8, a fruitful Advent and all the blessings of Christmas. We ask Mary Immaculate to accompany us : 
Mary Immaculate is … Continue reading

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LET ME LOVE YOU AS MUCH AS YOUR HOLY MOTHER LOVED AND LOVES YOU

Eugene became a priest as a response to his awareness of God’s indescribable love for him. Here, in his retreat in preparation for his priestly ordination he prays to be able to make his priestly ministry a response of total … Continue reading

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