Monthly Archives: February 2011

PARISH MISSIONS: THE ATTRACTION AND DANGER OF COMFORT ZONES

The outreach of the missionaries to the women and girls was always the most successful and rewarding. Eugene tells us that in Marignane the women and young ladies were brought together at two o’clock in the afternoon… The gathering was … Continue reading

Posted in DIARY | Tagged , | 1 Comment

PARISH MISSIONS: REACHING OUT TO EVERY CATEGORY OF THE POOR WITH THEIR MANY FACES

 Our Oblate Constitutions and Rules are clear as to who the preferential recipients of our mission must be: Wherever we work, our mission is especially to those people whose condition cries out for salvation and for the hope which only … Continue reading

Posted in DIARY | Tagged | Leave a comment

PARISH MISSIONS: REACHING OUT TO THE MEN WHO HAD SCORNED THE EUCHARISTIC PROCESSION

Vespers at two. The Blessed Sacrament remained exposed during Vespers. Sermon on adoration of the Blessed Sacrament. Immediately after the sermon, the procession left. The evening before, notice was given that all those who wished to join in were to … Continue reading

Posted in DIARY | Tagged , | 1 Comment

PARISH MISSIONS: LEARNING TO BE DISCIPLES FROM MARY

For a population used to hard physical work, it was essential that the mission provide more than only  sermons to listen to – the people had to be involved with their senses and their actions. One of the ways of … Continue reading

Posted in LETTERS | Tagged , | 1 Comment

PARISH MISSIONS: BRINGING EQUILIBRIUM TO THE “RIGHTS OF MAN”

The Revolution had given birth to a Constitution and to the Declaration of the Rights of Man – two important documents given prominence in France, and throughout the world. The missionaries wished to introduce a balance by reminding people of the … Continue reading

Posted in LETTERS | Tagged , | Leave a comment

PARISH MISSIONS: RETURNING TO GOD WHO HAD BEEN FORGOTTEN AND ABUSED

In a ceremony called, the Amende-Honorable, the missionaries invited people to a reflection on conversion and reparation. In the presence of the Blessed Sacrament, they made an act of reparation for all the lack of respect and profanations against God … Continue reading

Posted in WRITINGS | Tagged , | 1 Comment

PARISH MISSIONS: ALLOWING THE GOSPEL MESSAGE TO TOUCH THE EMOTIONS

We continue to explore the ceremonies of the missions, and the focus on the renewal of baptismal commitment. Today when we read the reactions of the listeners to the activities of the missionaries, we may be tempted to dismiss the … Continue reading

Posted in DIARY | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

PARISH MISSIONS: REFOCUSING ON THE BASICS

The ceremonies and symbolic gestures of the missions have been referred to as “doctrine in action” (Sevrin). For the people of the villages all this was new either in contents or in presentation. The people were either not used to … Continue reading

Posted in DIARY | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

PARISH MISSIONS: MOTIVATING PEOPLE THROUGH SYMBOLIC ACTIONS

During the missions all the ceremonies were an extension of the preaching, and had the same goal. Every means of instructing and leading people to experiencing the Saviour, and converting, was improvised and tried out. Symbolic actions and processions were … Continue reading

Posted in LETTERS | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

PARISH MISSIONS: THE REMEMBRANCE OF THE DEAD AS A CALL TO CONVERSION

Another ceremony with the intention of making an impression  and leading people to conversion to Christ the Saviour was that centred on the dead. Eugene described this in the Diary of the Marignane Mission: Solemn service for the dead of … Continue reading

Posted in DIARY | Tagged , , | 1 Comment