Monthly Archives: August 2012

FIRST FRUITS JOYFULLY OFFERED TO GOD

Eugene rejoices with fatherly pride at the priestly ordination of a member of his beloved Youth Congregation and of his Missionaries. Writing in the Youth Diary, and from the point of view of the youth he reflected: On July 31… … Continue reading

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THE MISSIONARY PRIEST: LOVE IS SEEN IN WHAT IT DOES

Three and a half years after the foundation of the Missionaries of Provence they lived a moment of great joy and satisfaction in the priestly ordination of the first member of the Youth Congregation to become one of them. In … Continue reading

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WITH GRATEFUL SONGS ECHOING ACROSS THE MOUNTAINS

At the end of the day, Eugene describes the return of the pilgrims to their mountainside villages. The mood is joyful because of the privileged moments lived in the presence of God in Mary’s sanctuary. The evening Office has just … Continue reading

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FOR THE OBLATE, ALL MARIAN DEVOTION IS CHRISTOCENTRIC

The pilgrims from the villages came to Laus to express their devotion to Mary, and the Missionaries helped them to focus with Mary on Jesus Christ. Wherever our ministry takes us, we will strive to instill genuine devotion to the … Continue reading

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THE PROTOTYPE OF OBLATE SHRINE AND RETREAT HOUSE MINISTRY

Notre Dame du Laus was the first establishment of the Missionaries outside of Aix and it was a Marian sanctuary: a place of pilgrimage and a place where people came for some days of retreat. Because it was our first, … Continue reading

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EVANGELIZED BY THE PEOPLE AND THE PLACE

While the Missionaries were fully occupied in the first part of 1820 with the missions to the cities of Marseille and Aix en Provence, Henri Tempier and his community were ministering at the Sanctuary of Notre Dame du Laus. The … Continue reading

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ENDING ON A NOTE OF CHRIST-LIKE PEACE

Leflon concludes the narrative of the 1820 mission in Aix. Two things strike me in particular in this account. Firstly, Eugene was unable to preach from a written text, and here we see an example of how well he functioned … Continue reading

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AN EXPLOSION OF PROVENCAL EMOTION

Emotions ran high in this city of the south of France and it did not take much to incite the passions of a crowd – particularly if the cause of their anger touched on someone whom they loved and respected. … Continue reading

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LIGHTS AND SHADOWS

The Missionaries of Provence had the custom of extending a parish mission beyond the planned time if they had not managed to finish hearing everyone’s confessions and preparing them for Communion. In keeping with this custom, in the churches of … Continue reading

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SALT GIVES TASTE BUT ALSO IRRITATES

Not all smelt of roses in the Aix mission of 1820. From time to time, in past entries, we have come across entries on the stormy relationship between Eugene and some of the priests of the city. His fiery reactions … Continue reading

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