Monthly Archives: February 2017

MODERATE THE SEVERITY OF THE OPINIONS THAT YOU HAVE ADOPTED TOO LIGHTLY

Study was one of the ways in which the Oblates prepared themselves for evangelization. Eugene had been consulted by one of the seminarians as to the use of a particular book of moral theology. It was by a theologian, Concina, … Continue reading

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OUR OBLATE VERB: TO PREACH

If we ask which is the verb that Eugene founded us to do, it is “to preach.” It sums up the reason for our existence: to preach the Gospel to the poor, to bring the most abandoned to know God’s … Continue reading

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A PAUSE FOR THE WEEK

  I will be involved in a retreat for priests in a place with no internet access. During this time, may I invite you to revisit some of the entries of St. Eugene Speaks at www.eugenedemazenod.net

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17 FEBRUARY 1826: THE CHURCH RECOGNIZES THAT EUGENE’S FOUNDATION IS A GOD-GIVEN CHARISM FOR US TODAY

The following day, Eugene wrote this good news from Rome to his Oblate brothers in France: My dear brothers, on February 17, 1826, yesterday evening, the Sovereign Pontiff Leo XII confirmed the decision of the congregation of Cardinals and specifically … Continue reading

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I NOT ONLY LOVE YOU VERY MUCH, BUT SHARE WITH YOU SO WILLINGLY ALL MY THOUGHTS

Writing to Father Henri Tempier, Eugene reveals something of his heart and the importance of warm relationships. I confine myself to uniting my feeble prayers to yours in order to draw down upon you all the blessings that I could … Continue reading

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I LEARN ABOUT THINGS AFTER THEY HAVE BEEN DONE

Fr. Yenveux, who had collated many of the Founder’s letters commented on this one: “Rev. Fr. Tempier, not having informed in time the Rev. Fr. Superior General of the date of the annual retreat at the house of Aix, and … Continue reading

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OUR LOVING SAVIOR SANCTIFIED OUR TEARS WHEN HE WEPT AT THE DEATH OF LAZARUS

Continuing his journal reflection on the anniversary of Nathalie’s death, Eugene reflects on his grief. But we who loved you so tenderly, we who looked forward to years of happiness in the sweet flowering of our common affection, how can … Continue reading

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FAITH, FAITH ALONE, AND THE HOPE OF MEETING YOU ONCE AGAIN IN THE BOSOM OF GOD CAN SWEETEN OUR SORROW

Nine years later, on the anniversary of the death of his niece, Nathalie, Eugene reflected on that event in his journal November 14: A painful anniversary! The angelic Nathalie. If I was thinking of you during the holy sacrifice, it … Continue reading

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STRENGTH IN ORDER TO ACT WITH FREEDOM OF SPIRIT AND SEEMING SERENITY WHEN MY SOUL IS IN UTMOST DESOLATION

Eugene continues to share with Henri Tempier, his confidant, the aguish he was living as he assisted his niece at her deathbed. So I confirmed, by a superhuman effort which upset my whole being, the vague understanding which she had … Continue reading

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THE ROLE OF CONSOLING ANGEL

For two months, Eugene was at the home of his sister, convalescing and also performing “the role of consoling angel” (Rey I p 478) to his 19-year-old niece, Nathalie de Boisgelin, who was dying. He describes the situation to Fr … Continue reading

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