Monthly Archives: June 2011

I WILL NEVER FAIL IN MY RETREATS TO PUT IN WRITING AT LEAST SOME OF THE GOOD THOUGHTS GOD IN HIS GOODNESS GIVES ME

The 1816 retreat notes were written in the notebook in which he kept all his previous retreat notes (cf Oblate Writings XIV and XV). Today the word “journalling” is used for this type of spiritual exercise. Eugene notes the direction … Continue reading

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I SHOULD STOP SHORT AT NOTHING FOR THE WELFARE OF THIS INSTRUMENT THAT IS INDISPENSABLE TO A MISSIONARY

I have pretended up to now to have mislaid my stomach, and I have been quite successful in this. I believed an habitual fast, working though I was, was not doing me any harm at all; I was wrong. And … Continue reading

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IT IS A GREAT PITY I DID NOT UNDERSTAND THIS A LOT SOONER

Sleep So he must sleep and eat; and when he is tired he must rest. It is a great pity I did not understand this a lot sooner. There is still time to get there, the damage is not irreversible; … Continue reading

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IT IS ANNOYING THAT THE BODY’S ENERGIES DO NOT MATCH THE ACTIVITY OF THE SOUL

Eugene is learning to come to his senses about the limitations that his body places on his missionary zeal. He needs to ensure the necessary energy to put his ideals into practice. Looking after the body Soul and body are … Continue reading

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I WILL TRY TO PROFIT FROM IT AND SERIOUSLY EXAMINE MY LIFE

The enforced break turned out to be an important moment of reflection and clarification for Eugene. For almost a year he had been constantly occupied with every detail of the birth of the Missionaries of Provence. Now he was forced … Continue reading

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FROM MY PLACE OF EXILE

Eventually Eugene’s body could no longer handle the pressure, and he was sent away for an enforced rest. The vow of obedience that he had made to Henri Tempier would no doubt have been used to force him to take … Continue reading

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