Monthly Archives: August 2017

ENSURING THE SAFETY OF THE FUTURE OF THE OBLATE FAMILY

The sale of the large house in Billens, Switzerland, was concluded. It is today that I take possession of Billens. I went there the day before yesterday with my mother who remained to arrange a thousand details. I would wish … Continue reading

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FEAR OF A DICTATORSHIP OF RELATIVISM

Félicité de Lamennais was a priest much admired by Eugene for his ideals and his writings. During the anti-religious upheavals, however, he began to express the notion that the long-standing bond between the Church and the State should be separated. … Continue reading

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SMASHING MISSION CROSSES

The anti-religious sentiment that had exploded in the July Revolution, had incited certain hotheads to destroy the public crosses in the towns where missions had been preached in previous years. These missions always concluded with the erection of a Cross … Continue reading

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A DAY SPENT IN THIS DISPOSITION GAINS MORE MERIT FOR US IN HEAVEN THAN YEARS IN HAPPINESS AND PROSPERITY

I often speak of Eugene’s ministry as being one of leading others to his same experience of the Savior. Here we have yet another example. He shares with Henri Tempier, the spiritual strength and consolation that his relationship with the … Continue reading

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DO NOT BRING IT UP AGAIN TO ME

After describing what clearly is a mystical experience, Eugene continues: I concluded from this that our good Savior had wished to give me proof that he accepted the sentiments that I had just expressed to him in the simplicity of … Continue reading

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A GLIMPSE INTO EUGENE’S INTIMATE RELATIONSHIP WITH HIS SAVIOR.

With a heavy heart, Eugene brought his difficulties to prayer during his celebration of Mass. In this letter he shares with his confidant and confessor, Henri Tempier, a deep experience he had of God’s closeness. This text is one of … Continue reading

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STRENGTH WHILE BEARING HEAVY BURDENS

Despite all the bad news coming from France, his concern for the safety of those close to him and his own health difficulties, it was Eugene’s relationship with Jesus that was the source of his strength. I found, my dear … Continue reading

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CHANGING FLAGS

Tempier described an incident of this to Eugene. The flag above the bishop’s house was of the Bourbon monarchy, and not the three-colored one of the revolution, and so he wrote: The fray has started. The lieutenant-general, the commander of … Continue reading

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A PAPAL PRONOUNCEMENT AND A QUESTION OF CONSCIENCE

Bishop Fortuné de Mazenod and the Marseilles diocesan administration had decided not to pronounce the political oath demanded by the functionaries of the State and which, besides, had not been required of the clergy. In his letter of September 29th … Continue reading

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A DELICATE DECISION

A letter from Tempier had brought him disturbing news regarding the health of the old bishop: “You might as well know that all these upheavals have depressed our prelate. There is a great change in him; at the age of … Continue reading

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