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TODAY LET US HELP ONE ANOTHER TO FOCUS ON THE CROSS AND RESURRECTION

The cross of Jesus Christ is central to our mission. Like the apostle Paul, we “preach Christ and him crucified” (1 Cor 2: 2). If we bear in our body the death of Jesus, it is with the hope that … Continue reading

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IN THE UNCERTAINTY AND PAIN OF THESE DAYS, SAINT EUGENE DE MAZENOD HELPS US TO FOCUS.

In the darkness and insecurity we are living through, we recall a 25 year-old in Aix en Provence whose life was insecure because he had no clear sense of direction. I looked for happiness outside of God and for too … Continue reading

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WHEN WE CANNOT GO INTO A CHURCH BUILT OF STONES …

The current pandemic has not made it possible to attend Mass in our churches. I share this  text from Ciara Lubich which reminds us of the promise of Jesus: “Where two or three are gathered in my name, I am … Continue reading

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I FOCUSED ON THE IMMENSE GOODNESS OF GOD AND OUR LORD TOWARDS US

Reflecting on the children in the rural parishes to whom Bishop Eugene was administering the sacrament of confirmation, he exclaimed: However, how does it happen that, when I speak to them in the style in which I think we should … Continue reading

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THEY DRYLY TEACH THEM THE LETTER OF THE CATECHISM… BUT DO NOT TRY TO BRING OUT GOD’S GOODNESS, THE INFINITE LOVE OF OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST

On a pastoral visit to some rural parishes for confirmation, Bishop Eugene commented on the knowledge of the children. A visit to Caillols where the parishes of Saint Julien, Camoins and Chateau-Gombert had come together… I was very pleased with … Continue reading

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THERE YOU MUST BE EVERYTHING TO EVERYONE, AS WAS THE DIVINE MASTER WHOM WE SERVE AND THE HOLY APOSTLES IN WHOSE FOOTSTEPS WE FOLLOW

Eugene, as Superior General, gave Fr Hermitte a new missionary assignment to serve the spiritually needy. I am directing you to leave for N.D. du Laus so that you may give good service in this shrine to which so many … Continue reading

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IF THEY UNDERSTOOD THE TRUE MEANING OF WHAT A BISHOP IS, THEY WOULD BE LESS ASTONISHED TO SEE HIM APPROACHING HIS SHEEP WHEN THEY ARE SUFFERING

Eugene records two of his pastoral visits to comfort those who were suffering. Coming back to the city, I went to visit Father Fissiaux who is sick with grief, seeing that the plague of cholera had taken seven little girls … Continue reading

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ST EUGENE DE MAZENOD AND HIS MAZENODIAN FAMILY DURING TIMES OF EPIDEMICS

As a Mazenodian Family, let’s try to set aside some time each day to pray (oraison) in solidarity with all the members of the Mazenodian Family throughout the world. Recent entries of this daily reflection have been dealing with the … Continue reading

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THE POOR ARE RELYING ON THE BISHOP’S HOUSE, AND SOON WE WILL BE REDUCED TO SELLING OUR SILVERWARE TO HELP THEM

As the cholera epidemic was lessening, so did the awareness of the misery it had caused. But misery is being felt on all sides, and we do not dare to hope that the collections taken up so ostentatiously in the … Continue reading

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ORAISON: PRAYING WITH THE MAZENODIAN FAMILY ON MARCH    15

“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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