Monthly Archives: October 2010

WHAT IF THE CARMELITES WANT THEIR CHURCH BUILDING RETURNED TO THEM?

 The recent extracts from Eugene’s writings dealt with bringing together the missionaries necessary for his project. During this time he was being kept busy with the material concerns of the building that he had just bought. He was exhausted in … Continue reading

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THE HUMAN FACE OF THOSE INVITED TO JOIN EUGENE IN REALIZING HIS DREAM

Not all approached by Eugene had the same sentiments as Henri Tempier. In this letter to his friend, Forbin Janson, Eugene gives vent to his feelings in a frank, and rather humorous, description of the reactions of some of his … Continue reading

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VOCATION: THE IMPOSSIBILITY OF WINNING SOULS FOR GOD WITHOUT TAKING MUCH TROUBLE TO BE PERSONS OF INTERIOR LIFE, TRULY APOSTOLIC PERSONS

In the subsequent correspondence between Eugene and Tempier, one can see the growth of “one heart and one soul” between them, and their desire to be apostolic men with a strong interior life so as to be the most efficient … Continue reading

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VOCATION: TO BE IN HARMONY WITH THE FOUNDING VISION

Henri Tempier’s reply to Eugene’s invitation was a source of great joy for Eugene. Tempier shows himself to be in perfect harmony with each of the foundational ideas proposed to him. Eugene exults: God be blessed, my very dear brother, … Continue reading

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VOCATION: THE WILL AND THE COURAGE TO WALK IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF THE APOSTLES

If, as I hope, you wish to be one of us, you will not find yourself in unfamiliar territory; you will have four companions. If presently we are not more numerous, it means we wish to choose men who have … Continue reading

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VOCATION: FORM ONE HEART AND ONE SOUL

To form “one heart and one soul” is a concept dear to the heart of the Founder. As the size of the Congregation grew, so did he become increasingly insistent on this unity. For Eugene, his missionary family was the … Continue reading

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VOCATION: COME AND “BE” IN ORDER TO “DO”

From the very beginning, Eugene insists that whatever missionary work is done, its success depends on the quality of life of those doing it. It is the example of the lifestyle of the missionary that speaks louder than any words. … Continue reading

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