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THE LEAST I CAN DO IS TO OFFER YOU SOME CONSOLATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT IF NOT BY MY PRESENCE AT LEAST BY MY WORDS

Eugene’s role as Superior General was to keep those entrusted to his care focused on the spirit of their vocation in the light of the charism he had received. This involved encouraging those who were struggling to keep focussed. In … Continue reading

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AS SOON AS ONE OF OUR MEN IS NAMED COMMUNITY SUPERIOR, HE SETS HIMSELF UP AS THE SOLE MASTER

Those responsible for the various Oblate communities were very young and full of zeal and innovative ideas. Eugene corresponded regularly with each of them to encourage and guide them. He did, however, condemn any abuse of power when decisions were … Continue reading

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“BE” IN COMMUNITY OVERFLOWS TO “DO” IN MISSION

The Shrine of Our Lady of Laus was gearing up for the busy summer pilgrimage season during which the Oblates would be feverishly occupied with pastoral ministry to the pilgrims. Now the feast of Pentecost is upon us, appeal to … Continue reading

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ORAISON: Praying with the Mazenodian family on 20 October

You are invited to take to join the practice of the US Mazenodian Family in a time of prayer on Sunday, October 20, 2019, which is World Mission Sunday.     Mission Sunday 1975 was the day when Pope Paul … Continue reading

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AN OVERFLOWING ABUNDANCE IN WHICH I WANTED OUR MEN TO SHARE

Father Casimir Aubert shared his spiritual progress with Eugene, his spiritual father, who responded: The details you go into concerning your interior life could not but be most pleasing to me. I have sincerely thanked God for the happiness he … Continue reading

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I UNDERSTOOD THE FULL MEANING OF THE INSPIRATION THAT GOD’S SPIRIT BESTOWED ON YOU ON THIS OCCASION

Father Casimir Aubert was the novice master at the shrine of Notre Dame du Laus. Because he was young, Eugene kept a fatherly eye on him and on his ministry with the novices. Two of the men whose formation he … Continue reading

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I DON’T HAVE TIME TO BREATHE

After his years of being unable to work in the Diocese of Marseilles, due to his conflict with the government, Eugene is now back in the full swing of activity: My dear child, for heaven’s sake, don’t ever reproach me … Continue reading

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SALVATION IS OUR SPECIAL VOCATION

Eugene writes to his longtime friend, Forbin Janson who was also a bishop who had had problems with the government and his diocese. We are above all and essentially men of the Church. Eugene reminds him to keep focused on … Continue reading

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THE MEMORY OF INTIMATE COMMUNICATIONS OF GRACE IS A SUSTAINING FORCE

When we are in periods of darkness, our light and strength comes from remembering our experiences of God. When I hear what you say about the workings of grace in yourself. I am filled with an almost tangible joy; that … Continue reading

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WHAT I CAN’T BEAR IS HAVING IN MY HANDS THE FATE OF SOMEONE DEVOTED TO ME, HAVING IT IN MY POWER TO MAKE HIM HAPPY OR UNHAPPY

Two weeks later, Eugene continues to oppose the suggestion that his servant be fired because it would cause that man sorrow and misfortune. I don’t, strictly speaking, need this man’s services, nor anybody else’s. What I can’t bear is having … Continue reading

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