Monthly Archives: January 2011

PARISH MISSIONS: THE NEED TO DISCERN AND TO THOROUGHLY PREPARE CREATIVE AND NEW APPROACHES IN EVANGELIZATION

An extremely dramatic event that took place during every mission was the penitential procession that focussed directly and tangibly on the effects of Christ the Saviour’s Cross as taking away the burden of sin. In the Diary of the Marignane … Continue reading

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PARISH MISSIONS: CEREMONIES TO REINFORCE THE PREACHED MESSAGE AND TO APPEAL TO THE SENSES

What was begun through preaching in the pulpit in words was now confirmed and supplemented through dramatic actions which appealed to all the senses and made an unforgettable impression on the people. For this reason Eugene was emphatic that these … Continue reading

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EUGENE AS MISSION PREACHER: AS A SPEAKER HE WAS LOVED, SOUGHT AFTER, APPLAUDED

Adolphe Tavernier, who had known Eugene throughout his life, wrote about the gifted preacher that Eugene was known to be: Before numerous gatherings, in the churches of large cities, Paris, Marseilles, Aix and others, in small towns and villages, during … Continue reading

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EUGENE AS MISSION PREACHER: THE STRONG IMPRESSION THAT HE MADE ON HIS LISTENERS

 Leflon continues to describe the impression Eugene made as a preacher:  Everything about the young priest combined to make a strong impression. His stature, his grand manner, his flashing dark and deep-set eyes, the rich resonance of his voice, at … Continue reading

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EUGENE AS MISSION PREACHER: UNABLE TO USE A FULLY PREPARED TEXT

Eugene was a gifted orator who could not stay with a prepared text, but because he knew exactly which reaction he wanted to achieve from his listeners, he was able to move and improvise – but always coming from his … Continue reading

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PARISH MISSIONS: THE IMPORTANCE OF WRITING SERMON TEXTS

The importance of preaching led Eugene to be demanding of his Oblates regarding their preaching methods. In the Rule he insisted that the superior would not allow the missionaries to preach until they had written and studied the sermons that … Continue reading

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PARISH MISSIONS: THE IMPORTANCE OF STUDY IN ORDER TO PREACH WELL

The missionary, as the instrument of Jesus Christ the Saviour, must pray but he must also study. From the very first rule of life drawn up in January 1816, the principle was established that one part of the life of … Continue reading

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PARISH MISSIONS: NEVER FORGET THE DIGNITY OF YOUR GREAT MINISTRY

 Writing to his missionaries who had become disheartened as a result of criticism in Brignoles, Eugene rebuilds their courage by reminding them of the heart of mission: I suggest that you readopt attitudes befitting the dignity of your great ministry. … Continue reading

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PARISH MISSIONS: DO NOT BE AFRAID OF THE NEGATIVE REACTIONS OF INFLUENTIAL PEOPLE

In March 1844, Father Joseph Martin panicked at the negative reaction of the upper class of Brignoles to the preaching of the young missionaries. He wrote to Eugene We who are only used to evangelize the poor people of the … Continue reading

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PARISH MISSIONS: LET US COUNT OURSELVES FORTUNATE TO HAVE BEEN CHOSEN TO BE THE INSTRUMENTS OF GOD’S MERCY

 Eugene continually insisted on his conviction that the missionaries had to be the instruments through which the Saviour spoke. I don’t need to tell you with what pleasure I read your report and re-read it to others. One can say … Continue reading

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