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EUGENE AND THE HISTORY OF FRANCE: NAPOLEON’S PLAN IS THE TOTAL DESTRUCTION OF THE CATHOLIC RELIGION

On his return to Aix in the middle of 1812, Eugene’s early priestly ministry was conducted under the cloud of Napoleon. It is not difficult to grasp that the immoral Napoleon’s plan and that of his infamous government’s is the … Continue reading

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EUGENE AND THE HISTORY OF FRANCE: NAPOLEON AND THE NEWLY-ORDAINED FATHER DE MAZENOD

Fr. Pielorz tells us about Eugene’s responsibility in the Seminary as a result of Napoleon’s actions: Father Émery, a fearless defender of the Pope against the encroachments of the emperor, set the tone for the seminary. A furious Napoleon ordered … Continue reading

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EUGENE AND THE HISTORY OF FRANCE: THE BLACK CARDINALS AND THE SEMINARIAN

Yvon Beaudoin narrates the events that Eugene was connected with as a seminarian in Paris and the Roman cardinals, who had been stripped of their insignia and who were only allowed to wear black cassocks: In June 1810, Napoleon exiled … Continue reading

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EUGENE AND THE HISTORY OF FRANCE: NAPOLEON I AND EUGENE THE SEMINARIAN

Yvon Beaudoin fills in the background for us: On May 1, 1804, Napoleon succeeded in having the Senate bestow upon him the title of hereditary Emperor of the French. For all intents and purposes, he re-established the monarchy that the … Continue reading

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EUGENE AND THE HISTORY OF FRANCE: NAPOLEON I AND THE CHURCH

In order to understand the actions and the charism of Eugene de Mazenod, we need to spend some time understanding the historical and political situation in which he lived and to which he responded. In 1802 Eugene’s time of exile … Continue reading

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EUGENE AND THE HISTORY OF FRANCE: HIS PRIEST UNCLES FORCED TO FLEE

Yvon Beaudoin writes: It was on July 12, 1790 also that the decree of the civil constitution of the clergy, was issued. It was sanctioned by the king on August 24. By the decree of November 27, 1790, the new … Continue reading

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EUGENE AND THE HISTORY OF FRANCE: EXILE

Eugene’s idyllic childhood world was swept away by the French Revolution in 1789. After his father opposed the revolution, the entire family was obliged to flee into exile in Italy. In 1790, a new painful period began for Eugene. These … Continue reading

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EUGENE AND THE HISTORY OF FRANCE: THE REVOLUTION OF 1789

Eugene’s privileged lifestyle was to come to an abrupt end when he was 9. The Revolution of 1789 had set out to destroy the Church and its domination over the lives of people. The noble de Mazenod family had to … Continue reading

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EUGENE AND THE HISTORY OF FRANCE: A NOBLEMAN IN THE ANCIEN REGIME

From 1829 onwards, during this time of Eugene’s personal suffering, grief and illness, there was another aspect of stress and worry: the changing political climate of France which was turning against religion. His life would be significantly affected by this, … Continue reading

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DO NOT WASTE TIME GAZING AT THE MOON

Eugene’s letter to Fr. Jeancard continues on the question of his not being happy to have been assigned to Aix. Apart from all these supernatural considerations, which yet have their weight, one should know humanly speaking how to behave oneself … Continue reading

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