Monthly Archives: November 2014

THOSE WHO EXTEND A WARM AND TENDER HAND

We catch a passing glimpse into the affectivity of the busy Eugene in the midst of his many preoccupations: his need to express his attachment and joy at being able to share more deeply with some of his Oblate sons. … Continue reading

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WHAT HAS ALWAYS EXHAUSTED US MOST ON MISSIONS IS LACK OF SLEEP

While delighting in the conquests of the team of Oblates succeeding with he jubilee mission at Roquevaire, Eugene kept his feet on the ground and worried about the missionaries burning themselves out by sacrificing sleep in favor of work. He … Continue reading

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INSPIRE BY EXAMPLE

Eugene delights in the letters he receives from the Oblates evangelizing at Roquevaire, who share their missionary joys with him. I have no need to tell you how much I bless the Lord for all he is doing through your … Continue reading

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ALL ARE COMING FORWARD LIKE LAMBS AFTER HAVING SWORN TO MAKE A MOCKERY OF ALL THE EFFORTS OF OUR FATHERS

Reminding ourselves that the persecution of the Church by the French Revolution had only ended some 11 years before, we can understand the importance of the parish mission ministry of the Oblates in a world that was far from being … Continue reading

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WHO, BEING LOVED, IS POOR?

“Seeing the world through the eyes of Christ the Savior” Eugene and the Oblates had a special sensitivity and outreach for those who were not being adequately ministered to by the structures of the church. In some cases it was … Continue reading

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BEING A MISSIONARY WITHOUT GOING ON MISSIONS

Eugene was living at the Calvaire Oblate community in Marseille, and was its superior during the months that Fr. Marius Suzanne was away. Despite his diocesan responsibilities, he continued to be involved in the pastoral activities of the Oblate community … Continue reading

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WHO CARES WHETHER POLITICIANS ARE HURT OR NOT

Eugene was Vicar General of his uncle Fortuné, Bishop of Marseille, and was closely involved in the pastoral letters sent out by his uncle. The Mazenods were always fearless when it came to defending the rights of the church against … Continue reading

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CONNECTIONS THAT DEFINE

Still reflecting on the award received by Eugene, there are two aspects which gave him joy. But I see some hope of it being useful to the Society. What pleases me, you see, is that the King indicates precisely the … Continue reading

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THE OBLATE MISSIONS ARE RECOGNIZED

Eugene had received the honor of being made a knight of the religious and military Order of Saints Maurice and Lazarus The Oblate historian, Rey, who knew Eugene well, introduces this letter by saying: “it shows us the point of … Continue reading

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MINISTRY TO IMMIGRANTS RECOGNIZED

Marius Suzanne seemed to have teased Eugene about a civic honor he had just received from the King of Sardinia: I really think you make fun of me in your manner of remarking about my knighthood. Letter to Marius Suzanne, … Continue reading

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