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GOOD FRIDAY: “MY GOD, MY GOD, WHY HAVE YOU FORSAKEN ME?”

What was the moment when Jesus suffered the most and when he showed his greatest love for us? It was when, hanging on the cross, he cried out: “My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” In the incarnation, … Continue reading

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HOLY THURSDAY: SAYING “YES” 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”. I … Continue reading

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HOLY WEEK: WE ARE NEVER FAR FROM THE CROSS

As we look at our troubled and suffering world, what an experience of the Cross it is, and what an invitation to see things in a new light! From the Cross, our Savior reminds us that he is present every … 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 world situation, the question comes to mind: “How can I proclaim this to those most in need today?” Firstly, by spending time … Continue reading

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

(These reflections have been adapted from those published in 2021) 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 … Continue reading

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CHARITY EMBRACES EVERYTHING; AND FOR NEW NEEDS, IT INVENTS, WHEN NECESSARY, NEW MEANS

Two years later, Bishop Eugene wrote a Pastoral Letter to his diocese about the works of mercy that were active in his diocese. It shows an amazing grasp of the human needs of the second largest city of France, and of … Continue reading

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GOD IS HELPING THIS GOOD FATHER TO MAKE HIM SUCCEED IN SOME UNDERTAKINGS WHERE THE MOST SKILLFUL WOULD FAIL

To respond to the needs of the poor domestic servants, Bishop Eugene had been instrumental in the founding of the Sisters of Compassion in collaboration with Fr. Jean François Barthès, S.J. I visited the establishment of the new Dames de … Continue reading

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WORKS OF CHARITY: THIS WOULD NOT BE THE LAST

“Seeing the world through the eyes of the Crucified Christ” as a Missionary Oblate, Eugene was always close to the people of his diocese and aware of their needs. He responded by establishing various Works of Charity to meet the … Continue reading

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LET HOLY CHARITY CONSUME ALL OUR DISAGREEMENTS IN THE MELTING-POT OF RELIGION

I fell from the clouds, my dear Father Martin, on receiving your letter. I was hundreds of miles removed from suspecting your dislike for the position I have placed you in. Eugene had given Father Martin a change of community … Continue reading

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I HOPE TO INVEST FOR THE FUTURE THIS SUM OF CONFIDENCE IN MARY

“When Bishop Hippolyte Guibert arrived in the diocese of Viviers in 1842, the Abbé Deschanels, chaplain at the shrine, was asking for help. Furthermore, the Jesuits of the house of Lalouvesc were no longer able to respond to all the … Continue reading

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