Monthly Archives: February 2014

ONLY IF YOU ARE IN COMMUNION WITH GOD AND IN COMMUNITY

Eugene concludes his reflection to his spiritual confidant on the source of his spiritual strength during the difficult process in Rome. He was conscious that he was being held up by the prayers and unity of all the Oblates in … Continue reading

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FIRMLY FOCUSED ON THE EUCHARIST

The source of inspiration and strength in Eugene’s life was his relationship with Jesus in the Word of God and in the Eucharist. Here he shows the importance of Eucharistic devotion in his daily life – manifested in the daily … Continue reading

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AN OBLATE SAVORING THE OBLATION OF JESUS CHRIST IN THE EUCHARIST

On the difficult journey in Rome towards approbation of the Oblate congregation, it was Eugene’s intimacy with God that gave him the strength and blessings he needed. This was especially the case when he became one with Jesus in Communion … Continue reading

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IT IS TRUE THAT I HAVE ALWAYS PUT ALL MY CONFIDENCE IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD

As Eugene rejoices in the successful outcome of the process of ecclesiastical approval of the Oblate Congregation, he places all the reason for this success on the goodness and actions of God. In doing so, as he writes to his … Continue reading

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ALL MY STEPS, ALL MY PROPOSALS, SEEMED GUIDED BY A SUPERNATURAL LIGHT WHICH LED ME TO DO AND SAY PRECISELY WHAT WAS NECESSARY

The long-awaited goal of the papal approval of the Oblate Congregation was on the point of being achieved. The board of cardinals had voted positively and all that was needed was the signature of the Pope. Eugene writes to Henri … Continue reading

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NONE OF US SHOULD EVER BECOME UNAWARE OF HOW EVIDENT GOD’S PROTECTION HAS BEEN

Finally, a decision: Hush! dear Tempier, I speak to you softly yet loud enough for you to hear. Yesterday, the 15th of the month of February of the year of grace 1826, the Congregation of Cardinals, assembled under the presidency … Continue reading

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NINE CONSECUTIVE MASSES LATER

Eugene describes the well-known story of the events of the day of the decisive meeting of the cardinals: (Yesterday) I did not waste a minute. I said Mass early, and then visited Cardinal Pedicini to inform him of Cardinal Pallotta’s … Continue reading

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THE TANGIBLE WITNESS OF ONE’S LIFE

In preparation for the decision-making meeting of the cardinals, Eugene went to meet one of them, for the first time, on the day before. I think I told you that Cardinal Pallotta had put me off until Tuesday at ten … Continue reading

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IN ROME WE ARE SLAVES OF RED TAPE

Eugene continues his narrative about being in Rome to try to receive papal approval of the Oblates My worries begin once more, my dear Tempier, in regard to how our affairs are progressing, for they are underway now after a … Continue reading

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FEBRUARY 17: A BACKWARD-LOOKING-CELEBRATION OR AN INJECTION OF PROPULSION FUEL?

For the past five months we have been following the writings of Eugene while he was in Rome for the papal approbation of the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate. 17 February 1826 marks the day when this happened, and it … Continue reading

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