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HOLY THURSDAY: LOCKDOWN IN THE GARDEN OF GETHSEMANE

For Saint Eugene, Holy Thursday marked two important events: his first communion and his private vow of saying “yes” to God on this night when Christians keep watch with Jesus in the garden of Gethsemane and Jesus said “yes”. This … Continue reading

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HOLY WEEK: SOCIAL DISTANCING DOES NOT DISTANCE US FROM THE CROSS

The pandemic does not make it possible for us to participate physically in the Holy Week liturgies and the sacraments. What an experience of the Cross it is, and what an invitation to see things in a new light! From … Continue reading

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HOLY WEEK: THE ZEAL TO GET CAUGHT UP BY THE MYSTERY OF THE SAVING CROSS AND TO PROCLAIM IT TO THOSE MOST IN NEED

This reflection was prepared a while ago. As I reread it today, in the context of our current lockdown, the question comes to mind: “How can I proclaim this to those most in need today?” Firstly, by spending time meditating … Continue reading

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HOLY WEEK: PEOPLE READY TO GIVE OURSELVES FOR THE LOVE OF GOD

Former Superior General, Wilhelm Steckling OMI, wrote in 2007: “It was probably in 1807, on Good Friday of that year, that Saint Eugene had a special encounter with the Crucified One that changed his life. It essentially made him an … Continue reading

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ORAISON: PRAYING WITH THE MAZENODIAN FAMILY IN APRIL

“In the prolonged silent prayer we make each day, we let ourselves be molded by the Lord, and find in him the inspiration of our conduct” (OMI Rule of Life, 33). The practice of Oraison was an important part of St. Eugene’s daily prayer during … Continue reading

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CHECKING THE COMPASS IN THE MIDST OF THE STORM

Every year Eugene spent some time on retreat, away from his busy schedule, aiming at refocusing his priorities. One example from his writings speaks today as we are invited to refocus on our priorities and the direction of our lives. … Continue reading

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MAY GOD GRANT THAT I MAY REAWAKEN SO MANY FOOLISH PEOPLE FROM THE FATAL CARELESSNESS THAT BRINGS THEM TO THEIR DOOM

When Eugene returned to Aix en Provence as a young priest he preached a series of Lenten sermons aimed at those who were the most abandoned as a result of the French Revolution. For Eugene the “poor” were those who … Continue reading

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PRAYER IS THE ONLY COURSE OPEN TO ME

During the cholera epidemic of 1835, Eugene was away from Marseilles, because he had been ordered to as a result of the ongoing hostility with the government In this letter Eugene confides his sense of impotence, and his anxiety for … Continue reading

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TODAY: FOCUS ON SEEING WHAT IS ESSENTIAL

Through the eyes of our crucified Saviour we see the world which he redeemed with his blood, desiring that those in whom he continues to suffer will know also the power of his resurrection (cf. Phil 3: 10). CC&RR, Constitution … Continue reading

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TODAY: LIVING JESUS THE CRUCIFIED SAVIOR IN SUPERNATURAL JOY

I originally published what follows in May 2016 and believe it has something to say to us today. It was written by Enzo Teodori, who died five months afterwards. He refers to the reflection of Fr Jetté that I used … Continue reading

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