Monthly Archives: October 2015

CAN I FORGET THE SIGHT OF THE CROSS?

  Can I forget the bitter tears that the sight of the cross brought streaming from my eyes one Good Friday? Retreat Journal, December 1814, O.W. XV n.130 “Can I forget … the sight of the cross?” asks Eugene? Every … Continue reading

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ONE GOOD FRIDAY OF SORROW, JOY AND GRATITUDE

Eugene then narrates the moment when all the strands of his conversion journey came together in a peak moment of illumination. From this moment everything in his life would be interpreted through the lens of this experience. Here is the whole … Continue reading

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I AM NOT YET IMMERSED IN GOD – I ALWAYS FIND SELF WHERE I SHOULD COUNT FOR NOTHING

At the time of his conversion, we find nothing in what we have of Eugene’s writings on this theme. It is only several years later, when he was in the seminary and after his priestly ordination that we have some … Continue reading

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A GRADUAL CONVERSION FROM SELF-FOCUS TO GOD-FOCUS

Over the months I have been exploring the spiritual journey of the young Eugene de Mazenod. From the age of 9 in exile we saw him taking his first steps of commitment in his first communion and confirmation. Then in … Continue reading

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A LIFE OBVIOUSLY MOVING TOWARDS SOMETHING

In his role as a director of the prison charity, Eugene became well known to the Archbishop of Aix and was treated by him as a son. Rey tells us how Eugene became a regular participant in the prayers and … Continue reading

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THE PRISON EXPERIENCE COMES TO AN END

  As a member of the charitable work for the prisoners, Eugene had a certain success in most of his undertakings. Leflon describes his eventual failure in not getting old stale bread delivered to them. The reaction proved to be … Continue reading

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SOUP TACTICS

When it was Eugene’s turn to be the director of the prison charity for the week (“Semainier”), he went to extraordinary lengths to force the prisoners to go to Mass. Leflon, quoting the minutes of the meetings, explains “On the … Continue reading

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FORCE-FEEDING THE CONSOLATIONS THAT RELIGION BRINGS

Leflon describes Eugene’s efforts to bring spiritual comfort to the prisoners: “Finally, the Semainier, anxious to make sure the prisoners received spiritual help, which was also one of the purposes of the Organization, observed that there exists an inexcusable neglect … Continue reading

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GOD’S GRACE WOULD BUILD ON EUGENE’S NATURE

Eugene’s heart had been touched by the miserable situation of the prisoners, as Leflon tells us: “Eugene then denounced the deplorable condition of the temporary prisoners, particularly the conscriptees who had been taken from one regiment to another before reaching … Continue reading

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I TRY TO OBTAIN FOR THEM ALL THE COMFORTS THAT DEPEND ON ME

Leflon writes: “Installed on December 30, 1806, ‘Demazenot fils’: immediately assumed the duties of the Semainier (the director in charge for one week), and, in this capacity, presented, on January 6, 1807, a report that had the Mazenod touch, and … Continue reading

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