Monthly Archives: September 2014

FREEDOM IN SIMPLICITY

Since 1821 the Oblates had been present in Marseille with such a flourishing ministry that they were in the process of enlarging their community premises. Eugene wanted the novitiate to be transferred to a part of this house. His plans … Continue reading

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NOVITIATE: THE LIGHTING OF A FIRE

Before the candidates to Oblate life made their commitment, they had to do an intense year of prayer and reflection, called the novitiate. The behavior of Nicolas Riccardi and some others had led Eugene to question how well the novitiate … Continue reading

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PERMANENCE, PERSEVERANCE AND PERSISTENCE

Having written to try to help Nicolas Riccardi back to some clarity regarding his Oblate vocation, Eugene wrote to Tempier to tell him about it. He complains about people who have so many conflicting ideals and are unable to make … Continue reading

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CEASE TO OBSTRUCT GOD’S PLANS FOR YOU

The confused Riccardi had left the Oblate novitiate and then come to his senses. Eugene decided to give him another chance and to encourage the obvious good that he saw in this young man. After yielding to a scarcely credible … Continue reading

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HAD YOU OFFERED YOURSELF TO GOD WITH MORE GENEROSITY AND LESS HESITATION

Since his conversion, Eugene had always lived the ideal of doing everything for God. All who joined him were expected to follow the same ideal – hence the name “Oblate” and the act of oblation, giving all for God. When … Continue reading

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COMMUNITY: GIVE BACK AS MUCH AS YOU CAN IN RETURN

Continuing our reflection on Eugene’s attempts to bring the young Nicolas Riccardi to his senses, we see how he tried to inspire him to see the importance of a mutally-supportive community in his life. You rap out one after the … Continue reading

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ENCOURAGE EVERYONE IN THEIR STRUGGLE TO LIVE UP TO THEIR IDEALS

In the case of the doubts around the suitability of Riccardi for Oblate life, Eugene had given him the benefit of the doubt. But, as superior of the Oblates, Eugene had taken a risk – convinced that the benefits of … Continue reading

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COMMUNITY SUPPORT IN THE SEARCH FOR HAPPINESS

The 23 year-old Nicolas Riccardi, a deacon, had entered the Oblate novitiate seven months before, and was already showing signs of being problematic. While Eugene was in Rome, Riccardi had walked out of the community. Eugene saw good in him, … Continue reading

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NOTHING HAPPENS EXCEPT WHAT GOD PERMITS

While Eugene rejoiced in the example and achievements of the majority of his Oblate brothers, there were also those who were not constant and did not enter fully into the spirit of their vocation. While Eugene had been literally moving … Continue reading

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BUILDING RELATIONS TO CREATE A SOURCE OF GROWTH

Beginning in 1812, I had introduced to this seminary… the zealous association which I had known in the seminary in Paris. Diary of 20 August 1838, E.O. XIX  Pielorz’s research into Eugene’s activities in the Association at the seminary concludes: … Continue reading

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