Monthly Archives: March 2014

MY STOMACH TURNS JUST BY APPROACHING THE DINING ROOM

More on the Lenten fare in Rome! We have seen in past how Eugene’s system just could not tolerate too much oily food. When Lent is finished, I will have a little more strength for I admit I have never … Continue reading

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GELATO AND LENTEN MORTIFICATION

From his writings as a young man, we know that Eugene loved Italian ice cream. Here he is a bit peeved that he sees other priests enjoying it, while he had given it up for lent. It also gives us … Continue reading

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DISCIPLINE IS THE BRIDGE BETWEEN GOALS AND ACCOMPLISHMENT

While in Rome, Eugene was still the principal Vicar General of Marseille. Tempier had informed him of some protests being made against a decision of the Bishop of Marseille by twelve priests. I reproduce this extract because it gives us … Continue reading

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PARISH MISSIONS: MAKING THE COMPLICATED SIMPLE

While we have been focusing on what Eugene was doing in Rome, today’s text reminds us that he still kept involved with the missions of the Oblates in France. The hymn book was published by the Oblates regularly as an … Continue reading

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IF ALL THE OBLATES WERE WHAT WE OUGHT TO BE

While Eugene wrote in superlatives about the ideals of the Oblates and what the Church approbation meant for us, he also had to face the reality that the Oblate Congregation was made up of imperfect human members and not angels! … Continue reading

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THE OBLATE CONGREGATION IS LIKE A MOTHER REQUIRING OUR AFFECTION

Now that the Oblate Congregation has been approved by the Church, it has equal status with all the other religious congregations and equal obligations. The Oblates of the Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary are a body, a Society, otherwise called … Continue reading

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UNLESS WE ARE CLEAR ABOUT OUR OBLATE SPIRIT, WHAT FUTURE DO WE HAVE?

Reflecting on the unexpected way in which the Pope had shown a special interest in the Oblates, Eugene drew conclusions for all of us. These men of ours, do they at least know this? If they knew what all this … Continue reading

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IF THEY KNEW WHAT ALL THIS MEANS, THEY WOULD JUMP FOR JOY

As the collection and presentation of documentation for the Pope was reaching completion, Eugene once again expresses his awe at the way in which God has blessed the whole process. My letter will leave without my being able to say … Continue reading

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OBLATE RETREAT MINISTRY DOES SO MUCH GOOD

The ministry which the Oblates do today in retreat houses and pilgrimage shrines has its origins in the earliest days of the Congregation. Our first house outside of Aix, Notre Dame du Laus, was a place of pilgrimage where the … Continue reading

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I HAD FALLEN ON THE MOST SCRUPULOUS PRIEST IN CHRISTENDOM

Having spent over three days making a copy the 200 pages of the Rule himself, Eugene now had to submit his copy to an official for verification. He arrived with his two large manuscripts at the Vatican office where this … Continue reading

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