Monthly Archives: January 2017

THE MINISTRY OF LEADERSHIP AS PRESENCE

  Father Honorat had been the superior of the Oblate community in Nimes for three years and desired not to continue. Eugene relied heavily on the leaders of the local communities to maintain the religious life and mission according to … Continue reading

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ONE MUST BE SUBMISSIVE IN EVERYTHING TO THE WILL OF GOD, EVEN IF IT MEANS STAYING FOR THE WHOLE OF ONE’S LIFE IN THE STATE OF NOTHINGNESS IN WHICH I FIND MYSELF.

  In his convalescence Eugene wrote: I would have believed, my dear Father Honorat, that either Fr. Tempier or Fr. Courtès would have kept you informed of the state of my health; it is improving so slowly that it is … Continue reading

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WE OUGHT NOT TO BE AVERSE TO RECEIVING DONATIONS FOR IT IS MONEY THAT WE NEED

  An extract from the letter advising Henri Tempier for his visitation to Aix. It has no deep content, but is an example of the tendency of Eugene to micro-manage. As superior of the Oblates, nothing escaped his notice to … Continue reading

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TREAT THEM WITH CONFIDENCE AND MILDNESS

As Henri Tempier was to officially visit the community in Laus in Eugene’s name, he is given advice on dealing with two Oblates who were sensitive and had issues. The first was about Alexandre Dupuy, who was to leave the … Continue reading

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A TOUCH OF REALISM

More instructions to Fr. Tempier for his visitation. Father Albini was a seminary professor and was sent to take a break in the country during the summer. This was as much to give him physical rest as to give him … Continue reading

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CONFRONT HIM WITH HIS DUTIES KINDLY BUT FIRMLY.

Continuing his advice to Henri Tempier, as he visits each Oblate in Eugene’s name, he deals with two difficult persons. In each case, he looks for the good and the possibilities of growth in each one – and the necessary … Continue reading

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I LOVE THIS DEAR BROTHER TOO MUCH, NOT TO BE MOST KEENLY CONCERNED IN HIS REGARD

Eugene’s formal instructions to Tempier, as he set out to visit the Oblates were backed up with a personal letter in which he discussed his concerns. Writing about one of the young Oblates in the formation process we see Eugene’s … Continue reading

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DESPITE HIS CONVALESCENCE, EUGENE CONTINUED TO CARE FOR HIS OBLATE FAMILY

It is hard work getting back to normal, the attack was so severe. You find me now in my fifth week as a convalescent and today I scarcely dared to offer Holy Mass, however much I may have desired this … Continue reading

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A FEW CARING PEOPLE CAN CHANGE THE WORLD

When Eugene founded us in 1816, we were initially a group of missionary priests. Two year later he discerned that God was calling us to become a society of religious missionaries, with vows. This meant that as religious we would … Continue reading

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I HAVE THE HAPPINESS OF RECEIVING COMMUNION EVERY DAY, WHICH CONSOLES ME IN MY LONG AND SORROWFUL INFIRMITY

A reflection on where to look for strength and consolation in time of sickness and difficulty. “The convalescence required calm, tranquility and rest. The Founder could not enjoy it either at Aix or at Marseilles. The orders of the doctors … Continue reading

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