Monthly Archives: July 2014

THE SUPERIOR GENERAL OFFERS MASS FOR HIS CONGREGATION EVERY DAY

En route back to France Eugene shares the blessings of what has happened in Rome with Fr. Honorat – and points out the responsibilities which the papal approbation places on the Oblates. Oh! how many things we will not have … Continue reading

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I NEED TO BE SMUGGLED IN AMONG GOOD VIRTUOUS PEOPLE LIKE YOU

Exulting in the goodness and virtue of his Oblate sons, Eugene realizes his own lack of virtue in comparison with theirs. What virtue do you wish that I perceive in myself? Alas! I have no illusions! … since this tree only … Continue reading

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WHEN AMONG THE OBLATES I WILL BE AT THE CORE OF ALL MY AFFECTIONS

Travelling towards France after his extended stay in Rome, Eugene expresses his impatience to be in the midst of his Oblates, who are at the heart of all his affection. I pine, believe me, because of the need I feel … Continue reading

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THE CONSOLATION OF DYING IN THE ARMS OF THEIR BROTHERS IS CERTAINLY SOMETHING FOR A GOOD RELIGIOUS WHO KNOWS THE VALUE OF SUPERNATURAL AIDS

While looking forward to Victor Arnoux’s ordination, Eugene received the news that this young man had become seriously ill. I will speak first of what concerns me most, this being the state of our holy Bro. Arnoux. I cannot console … Continue reading

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PERHAPS IT IS NECESSARY IN HEAVEN THAT THERE BE IN THE PRESENCE OF THE LAMB REPRESENTATIVES OF ALL THE FAMILIES WHO COMBAT ON EARTH FOR THE GLORY OF HIS NAME

Two young Oblates, from Gap, were preparing for their priestly ordinations on 30 July 1826: Joseph Alphonse Martin and Victor Arnoux. The latter was young and needed a dispensation from the Bishop in order to be ordained. I hope that … Continue reading

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THE CONCERN OF THE FATHER FOR THE HEALTH OF HIS OBLATE FAMILY

Eugene’s intuitive and loving personality is expressed in these letters as he reflects on the health of his Oblate sons who were ruining their health through their missionary zeal. I commiserate with our dear Suzanne; these pains are a sore … Continue reading

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GIVE HIM MORE CARE THAN HE COULD HAVE IN HIS FAMILY HOME, EVEN IF YOU HAVE TO SELL LINEN AND CHALICES

Writing to Fr Courtès, the superior of the Aix community, about transferring the dying Jacques Marcou to the Aix community from the Nimes community, he expressed his paternal concern. But how much the happiness that I promise myself on seeing … Continue reading

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EVEN IF WE HAVE TO SELL EVERYTHING DOWN TO OUR SHOES, LET NOTHING BE SPARED TO LOOK AFTER HIM

Arriving in Turin, Eugene found mail from Marseille, containing news of the serious illness of Jacques Marcou. He had been one of the first members of Eugene’s youth congregation in Aix in 1813 and had joined the Oblates in 1821. … Continue reading

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THE GOOD GOD SPARES OUR WEAKNESS BY LEADING US GENTLY TO HIS ENDS

Journeying towards France by slow stage coach, Eugene wrote to his Oblate family from Milan, where he was able to pray at the tomb of the patron saint of the de Mazenod family, St Charles Borromeo. I have reserved my … Continue reading

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THE FIREPLACE WHERE THE MOTHER OF GOD PREPARED THE MEALS OF THE HOLY FAMILY

Eugene’s passionate love for God was the foundation of his life. It was not a dry intellectual relationship, but a holistic one that touched all aspects of his life, and particularly his affectivity. As he describes the house of Loreto, … Continue reading

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