Monthly Archives: January 2017

A TOUGH SHOCK THAT BROUGHT ME TO DEATH’S DOOR

“However, the Founder believing that he had reached the end of his life, had taken all the measures dictated by the circumstances of the moment. He had made his will, recalled the prescriptions of the Rule concerning the election of … Continue reading

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DEATH: MAKING A DIFFERENCE IN THE LIVES OF OTHERS

Rey continues to narrate the reaction of Eugene in the face of death. His serenity and total self-giving inspired all those around him to renew their own “yes” to God in oblation. “He wished to receive the Extreme Unction before … Continue reading

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THE FOUNDING VISION TODAY: THE KUSENBERGER CHAIR OF OBLATE STUDIES

  This week I will be in Rome for an exciting event which will take place on Saturday 21 January at our General House. Deacon Robert and Mrs. Ruth Kusenberger, both Honorary Oblates, have generously endowed a Chair of Oblate … Continue reading

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DEATH AS OBLATION

Eugene’s surrender to God as an invitation to renew our own self-giving. “But, on the 12th of June, the situation became dangerous again. He began to suffocate and, as the patient could die at each attack: the doctor asked that … Continue reading

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BEGGING A CURE AT ALL COSTS

An invitation to reflect on witnessing the sufferings of those close to us. The Oblates in the four communities were not impassive onlookers. Like Eugene they had suffered the pain and death of Marius Suzanne, the suffering and near-death of … Continue reading

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PLEASE WAKE ME UP BECAUSE I WANT TO KNOW THAT I AM DYING

How serene am I at the prospect of death? Eugene’s biographer, Rey, narrates the course of his illness: The sons of Father de Mazenod, with Father Tempier above all, were far from optimistic; their filial attachment, on the contrary, began … Continue reading

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I WOULD BE MORE INCLINED TO BELIEVE THAT ASSES TALK

Henri Tempier, in Marseille, was worried about Eugene’s illness and insisted doctors be consulted. Eugene obeyed and humorously commented: … Let us come to my own situation, since I must refer to it. Yesterday was not entirely good; I took … Continue reading

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OUR STATE OF MIND HAS AN EXTRAORDINARY INFLUENCE ON OUR PHYSICAL CONDITION

Six months of emotional drain, grief and countless hours of keeping watch at the bedside of the seriously ill and dying eventually took its toll on the health of Eugene. He became seriously ill himself in Aix and was to … Continue reading

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