Monthly Archives: July 2017

DON’T FIND FAULT, FIND A REMEDY

Charity for our neighbor is again an essential part of our spirit. We practice it first amongst us by loving each other as brothers Eugene spells out how to express this fraternal love. Firstly by working to maintain a spirit … Continue reading

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OBLATION AND LIVING A LIE

“Love the Lord your God with all your heart… and love your neighbor as you love yourself” are the words of Jesus. Eugene made them his (and ours) by using the word “oblation” – our vocation is to give ourselves … Continue reading

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LOVE HOLDS EVERYTHING TOGETHER

After his strong words regarding the duty to live by the spirit of the Rule of Life, Eugene stressed that the cement that keeps the Oblate body together is love: Charity is the pivot on which our whole existence turns. … Continue reading

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OBLATES WHO HAVE NOT GRASPED THIS ARE AMONG US LIKE DISLOCATED PARTS OF THE BODY

We must be filled with our spirit and live only by it… Those who have not grasped this, as a result of not having made a good novitiate, are among us like dislocated parts of the body. They make the … Continue reading

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A COMMON SPIRIT WHICH GIVES LIFE TO THIS PARTICULAR BODY

We must be filled with our spirit and live only by it. This is self-evident without it being necessary to explain it. What makes the Oblate what he is, and distinct from any other religious in the Church? What characteristics … Continue reading

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WE MUST BE FILLED WITH OUR SPIRIT AND LIVE ONLY BY IT

We must be filled with our spirit and live only by it… Just as we have in a Society a common dress, common Rules, so must there be a common spirit which gives life to this particular body. Letter to … Continue reading

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I HOPE THAT EACH WILL HAVE TOLD HIMSELF THAT HE IS RIGOROUSLY OBLIGED TO OBSERVE OUR RULE STRICTLY

I am still grieved, my dear friend, by what I have seen at Notre Dame du Laus. Eugene had discovered, during his visit to the Oblate community in Laus, that the young Father Guibert was having difficulty in maintaining the … Continue reading

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TOO MANY CONCESSIONS LEAD US TO FORGET THE RULE

On his way to Switzerland, Eugene stopped at Notre Dame du Laus where he made a canonical visitation Hippolyte Guibert had been appointed superior of the community a year before, when he was 26 years old. He had some difficult … Continue reading

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I AM YOUR VERY AFFECTIONATE SON

Eugene was absent nearly seven months from Marseilles, because of bad health. He undertook a journey into Switzerland on July 6, on the explicit orders of his doctors and of Fr Tempier. It was also an opportunity to help his … Continue reading

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WAIT WITHOUT COMMOTION AND WITHOUT CARE FOR THE GOOD GOD TO SHOW US HIS PLANS

Eugene had learnt to be patient in regard to rushing into new missionary ventures. The previous year, 1829, he had gone to the Kingdom of Sardinia to see about an Oblate establishment there, but his haste had been futile and … Continue reading

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