Monthly Archives: July 2010

DEVOTION OF THE YOUTH TO THE BLESSED SACRAMENT

The Very Reverend Vicars General have authorized the Reverend Director to place and keep the Blessed Sacrament in the chapel of the Congregation. This special favour that Our Lord has seen fit to extend to the congregants has been received … Continue reading

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GOD HAS TANGIBLY POURED HIS GRACE INTO THE WELL-DISPOSED HEARTS

Eugene’s major use of time and energy from 1813 to 1816 was in the youth congregation. In the diary he frequently recorded the events. Some of them give us a good insight into the joys and difficulties of this youth … Continue reading

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WITHOUT HIM I WOULD NEVER HAVE KNOWN GOD

Eugene’s friend, Father Forbin Janson was visiting Rome, and is here asked to find the tomb of Don Bartolo Zinelli, who had been Eugene’s mentor in Venice. What Don Bartolo had been in Eugene’s life as an adolescent, Eugene himself … Continue reading

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PRAYER, INSTRUCTION, GAMES

The restoration of the monarchy made it possible for the youth congregation to come out into the open. Here Eugene gives an idea of their activities on their days of meeting: We began today to profit from these advantages by … Continue reading

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THE YOUTH CONGREGATION HAD NO LONGER TO FEAR SUPPRESSION, NOR THE MEMBERS AND THEIR DIRECTOR PERSECUTION

During Eugene’s illness, Napoleon had been forced to abdicate and King Louis XVIII came to the throne. This event signalled the end of the persecution of the Church started during the French Revolution, and the end of the dangers they … Continue reading

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THANKSGIVING TO GOD WHO IS NEVER DEAF TO THE PRAYER OF THOSE WHO PLACE ALL THEIR TRUST IN HIM

A public act of thanksgiving for Eugene’s healing On May 3, feast of the Finding of the True Cross, I convoked all the congregants in the Madeleine Church to assist at the Mass I owed it them to say at … Continue reading

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FINALLY, THE LORD YIELDED TO THE PRAYERS OF THIS BAND OF YOUTH

Eugene continues to describe the prayers offered which led to his healing All who witnessed it shed tears and could not refrain from joining in this exercise of charity and truly filial piety. And why should I refrain from adding … Continue reading

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SNATCHED FROM THE JAWS OF DEATH

While most people who had contracted typhus died, Eugene’s near-miraculous recovery is attributed to the prayers of the young people That is when they displayed those feelings of faith and trust in God that I pray the Lord will keep … Continue reading

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THE YOUTH LEAVE SCHOOL TO ACCOMPANY THE PRIEST WHO WOULD GIVE EUGENE THE LAST SACRAMENTS

How the members of the youth congregation reacted to what they thought was Eugene’s “imminent death.” As soon as I had arranged for the sacraments that I thought would be the last I would receive in my life to be … Continue reading

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HOW COULD I NOT HAVE FOR YOU A FATHER’S HEART AFTER YOU HAVE PROVED THAT YOU LOVE ME AS IF YOU WERE MY CHILDREN?

The Diary entry continues with a reflection on the relationship between Eugene and the members of the Youth Congregation. It was not just as a chaplain to a group that he functioned, but he worked at developing a bond with … Continue reading

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