Monthly Archives: April 2015

OUR FIDELITY IN PRACTICING CONSTANTLY THIS RULE WHICH HAS HELPED THEM TO ARRIVE WHERE THEY ARE

Looking at the lives of the four Oblates who had already reached the end of their earthly journey, Eugene asks himself what the secret of their happiness was. I presume that our community above must be placed quite close to … Continue reading

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THEY ARE CLOSE TO OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST, WHOM THEY HAVE FOLLOWED ON EARTH AND WHOM THEY CONTEMPLATE WITH DELIGHT

Reflecting on the four Oblates who already make up our community in the fullness of the Kingdom, Eugene imagines their situation: I presume that our community above must be placed quite close to our Patron; I see them at the … Continue reading

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THEY ARE STILL OUR BROTHERS, AND WE ARE THEIRS

Now we have four in Heaven; this is already a nice community. Eugene speaks of the first four Oblates to have died: Fathers J. A. Jourdan (+April, 1823). J. J. Marcou (+August 20, 1826), Brother P.P. Dumolard (+July 9, 1828) … Continue reading

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I REGARD IT AS A PRINCIPAL DUTY TO ASSIST ALL THOSE OF OUR BROTHERS WHO ARE IN DANGER OF DEATH

Fr. Victor-Antoine Arnoux, born at Gap on January 22, 1804 died in Aix on July 13th. Fr. Courtès had written to Eugene on this day: “Aix, Sunday, July 13th, half past eleven in the evening. Our angel has just rendered … Continue reading

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THE DISPOSITION OF JESUS CHRIST PERSISTENTLY MANIFESTED

One of our priests just died at Aix in the odor of sanctity. The manifestations of public devotion were so immediate and universal that we had to give up his soutane to save the vestments and even some parts of … Continue reading

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SOLIDARITY AND STABILITY PROVIDED BY A CARING PRESENCE

Father Victor-Antoine Arnoux, 24 years old, was dying in Aix after less than two years after his priestly ordination. Here we are then menaced by another misfortune; we will lose this angelic Fr. Arnoux. Why have you consented to their … Continue reading

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WITH COMPASSION YOU CAN DIE FOR OTHER PEOPLE

An epidemic of smallpox had just broken out in Marseille, brought by a ship arriving from the Middle East. Eugene was at Laus at the time of writing. I would wish to be at Marseilles to arrange everything with the … Continue reading

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HOW CAN I EXPRESS THE SORROW THAT I FEEL AT THE SIGHT OF SUCH GREAT DISORDERS?

I no longer feel anything from my fall, so let there be no more mention of it. While proceeding from Gap to Notre Dame du Laus. the carriage provided by the Bishop of Gap overturned as it approached the village … Continue reading

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CONFLICT BETWEEN THE DIMENSION OF THE CITIZEN AND THAT OF THE BELIEVER

Eugene’s ministry had led to the founding of the Missionary Oblates specifically to heal the destructive effects of the 1789 Revolution on the religion of the people and to rebuild the ravaged Church. Now, nearly 30 years later, strong elements … Continue reading

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BLESSING AND BEING BLESSED

On his way to spend some time with the community at Notre Dame du Laus, Eugene stopped at the town of Vitrolles. In this narrative we see how the missionary to the poor classes was equally at home with the … Continue reading

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