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PAUSE FOR SUMMER

There will be a pause in these reflections until August 27. A reminder that all the 1880 entries on the writings of Saint Eugene are available for you to consult on the site http://www.eugenedemazenod.net/. In addition, should you wish to … Continue reading

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REMIND ME OF THIS EVERY DAY OF MY LIFE

Eugene charges his friend, Henri Tempier, to remind him every day, if necessary, of the necessity to remain humbly in the will of God and not to let his position as a bishop go to his head and inflate him … Continue reading

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THE IMMENSITY OF GOD’S GOODNESS THAT HAS ACCOMPANIED ME FROM CHILDHOOD

Just days before his episcopal consecration, Eugene gives a glimpse of the close relationship he enjoys with God – and with each Person of the Trinity – something he had experienced since his childhood. I invoke that Spirit as you … Continue reading

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I AM HAPPY IN GOD’S PRESENCE

Sharing the spirit of his retreat with Father Tempier, Eugene gives us a glimpse of his usual relationship with God It is enough for you to know that God in his goodness is helping me as usual, that is to … Continue reading

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THE BLESSING OF FRIENDSHIP

Towards the end of his retreat the future bishop, Eugene, wrote of his state of spirit to Fr. Tempier, his companion, spiritual director and admonitor. He debates with himself whether it would be a distraction to write this letter during … Continue reading

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SYMBOLS WITH WHICH TO GO AND PREACH THE GOOD NEWS OF SALVATION TO THE PEOPLE

Eugene concluded his retreat by meditating on the symbols he would receive at his consecration. This cross, this crozier is given me as the sign of spiritual power for me to chase out vice with a severity tempered with gentleness, … Continue reading

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POOR, ROUGH, IGNORANT PEOPLE, THAT MY CARE WILL EMBRACE

Episcopal consecration would give Eugene a particular relationship with the Church: No, may I never be dominated by an individualistic, proud or opinionated attitude, always simple in my faith, always united in doctrine, even opinion, and teaching with the Church … Continue reading

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THE BEST THING IS TO ABANDON MYSELF TO GOD

That is enough reflecting on the past. The best thing is to abandon myself to God to apply myself specially to consider what is going to be done in me by virtue of the Most High, and the obligations I … Continue reading

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THE FEELING THAT PREDOMINATES IN MY SOUL: AN UNLIMITED TRUST IN THE GOODNESS OF MY GOD

As I read Eugene’s retreat reflections, I constantly hear echoes of his Good Friday experience of his brokenness and his awareness of God’s healing love. It was a conviction that never left him and that was at the basis of … Continue reading

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IT IS YOU WHO SINCE THE MOST FRAGILE DAYS OF MY INFANCY HAVE LED ME AS IF BY THE HAND

Eugene’s retreat led him to look at his impending episcopacy with discomfort but with gentle trust in God. And even so it is in this state of affairs I am called suddenly to receive the plenitude of the priesthood, elevated … Continue reading

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