Monthly Archives: February 2017

WHEN WILL MY ANGUISH END?

In the midst of a letter to Fr. Jeancard, in which he discusses Oblate affairs, Eugene has a moment of personal sharing that reveals the level of his suffering. When will my anguish end? Since All Saints 1828, I have … Continue reading

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VOLUNTEERING TO TRAIN GOOD PRIESTS FOR THE CHURCH IN ROME

While Eugene was writing to the Sardinian ambassador to the Holy See, he took the opportunity to ask him to remind the Pope of a project that was close to Eugene’s heart: the formation of good priests in seminaries. Since … Continue reading

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TWO LIKE-MINDED MISSIONARY SAINTS

Eugene had a devotion to many saints and firmly believed in their example and intercession. Some of his large collection of relics is in the Postulation museum in Rome. One of his principal models was Alphonsus Liguori, the founder of … Continue reading

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THE LIVES OF THE SAINTS INVITE US TO ADMIRE AND IMITATE THEM.

Yesterday we saw how Eugene regarded the presence of the saints as “guests.” We continue with a reflection by Father Yvon Beaudoin, the foremost living scholar of the Founder today, who guides us today. “Eugene de Mazenod often speaks of … Continue reading

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THE SAINTS ARE OUR GUESTS

Today, when the Church recognizes the sainthood of a person, there are two criteria for canonization. The first is that the person have lived the virtues of faith, hope and charity in a heroic way. Secondly, the Church recognizes that … Continue reading

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EUGENE’S DECISION-MAKING METHOD: PUT ALL SIDES OF AN ARGUMENT ONTO THE SCALE

Father Jeancard seems to have expressed an opinion of not wishing to work on a mission with someone else. Eugene responded: Nothing is more proper, my dear friend, than to make observations especially when they are addressed to a superior … Continue reading

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