Monthly Archives: May 2012

DISTURBING THE COUNTRYSIDE WITH THE WORD OF GOD

The mayor, assistants, judges, notaries, lawyers, businessmen, manufacturers, middle class people, everyone is moving, each trying to outdo the others. Letter to Fortuné de Mazenod, 22 November 1818, O.W. XIII n.20 Despite what Eugene wrote about the positive reaction of these … Continue reading

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IF YOU KNEW ALL THAT THE GOOD GOD IS DOING HERE THROUGH OUR MINISTRY

Already a few days into the mission in Barjols, we find the Missionaries in full swing. They were successfully reaching out to persons who had been away from religious practices for decades: Here we are in the confessional, without stirring, … Continue reading

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WEAVING IT ALL TOGETHER TO ENSURE A POWERFUL EXPERIENCE FOR THE PARTICIPANTS

Unable to preach, Eugene continued to do the “announcements” .To understand what this means we need to look at the role of a “master of ceremonies” or of a television “anchor person” – it is the person who kept the … Continue reading

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CHECKS AND BALANCES

Although he had to stay behind in Aix, Henri Tempier played an important role in the Barjols mission. On questions of health, he was the only one who had any hold on Eugene and he had forbidden him to tire … Continue reading

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HAVING TO ACCEPT A BODY WITH A WILL OF ITS OWN

As we have seen in previous entries, Eugene’s dynamism and generous zeal had led him to periods of exhaustion and illness. His journal shows how ill-health had been a teacher regarding his way of doing things. Now at Barjols, it … Continue reading

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LIMITATIONS: CONVERTING LEMONS INTO LEMONADE

Illness and loss of voice made Eugene unable to participate fully in the Barjols mission and he had no choice but to accept and make the best of the situation: One must be patient, since the good God wishes this … Continue reading

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THE FRUSTRATION OF FACING LIMITATIONS

By temperament Eugene was a talented leader who was used to being involved in everything – today we could use the expression of tending towards “micromanagement” to describe this. Having arrived in Barjols, full of enthusiasm, ready to preach and … Continue reading

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COMMITMENT BRINGS COURAGE

Two months earlier, Eugene had accepted to do the parish mission in the town of Barjols because he recognized its urgency: More than fifty pastors are asking insistently for a mission… However, I am inclined to give you preference. It … Continue reading

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AN UNFORGETTABLE DAY: A CELEBRATION OF GROWTH

In our chronological journey through the writings of Saint Eugene, we had reached the 1st of November 1818, the day that the Missionaries of Provence made vows in accordance with their new Rule of Life. Then for several weeks, we … Continue reading

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21 MAY 1861 – COMMEMORATING THE DEATH OF OUR SAINT

The day before his death Eugene entrusted this message to his Oblate family: Be sure to tell them that I die happy… that I die happy that God was so good as to choose me to found the Congregation of … Continue reading

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