Monthly Archives: September 2017

MY HEART IS HEAVY

… It is unbelievable how the morale influences my unhappy person physically. My heart is heavy, it beats with difficulty and too fast. Letter to Henri Tempier, 24 December 1830, EO VII n 375 The anti-religious climate was taking its … Continue reading

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WE CANNOT HIDE FROM THE FACT THAT THE PERSECUTION IS BEGINNING

Having left Switzerland, Eugene was now in Nice with his uncle, Bishop Fortuné. He was able to appraise the tension and dangers to the Church from the new government. The civil authorities tried on every possible occasion to create difficulties … Continue reading

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THE APOSTLES WERE FOREIGNERS IN THE COUNTRIES TO WHICH OUR LORD JESUS CHRIST ASSIGNED THEM TO PREACH THE GOSPEL

One of the difficulties of establishing missions by French religious and priests was that the people of the Kingdom were suspicious of foreigners who would bring in “revolutionary” ideas. Would someone want to oppose us as foreigners? The members of … Continue reading

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THE MANY FACES OF THE POOR

An impressive description of the Oblate outreach to the most abandoned: Thus, at Aix, for example, besides the church that belongs to their house, where the members of the Congregation are attached offer divine service and every evening after prayer … Continue reading

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THE GOOD THAT THE OBLATES HAVE DONE IN EVERY WORK OF MERCY ENTRUSTED TO THEM

Wishing to establish the Oblates in the dioceses of Sardinia, Eugene recalls the fruits of their ministry in the dioceses of France: These effects have occurred in the dioceses of Aix, Marseilles, Nimes, Fréjus, Digne, Gap, Grenoble and even that … Continue reading

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I WOULD NEED TO WRITE VOLUMES WERE I TO REPORT THE MARVELS THAT GOD HAS WORKED THROUGH THEIR MINISTRY

In the hope of being able to establish the Oblates in the Kingdom of Sardinia, Eugene continued to present their mission and spirit: I am thus disposed, Reverend Father, if His Majesty so wishes, to place at his disposition all … Continue reading

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WE WISH TO STRIVE ONLY FOR GOD’S GLORY AND THE SALVATION OF SOULS REDEEMED BY THE BLOOD OF JESUS CHRIST

In an attempt to establish the Oblates in the Kingdom of Sardinia (which comprised Nice, Savoy and Sardinia), Eugene wrote to Fr. Anthony Grassi, Jesuit Provincial and confessor to the King and Queen of Savoy. He was hoping that Fr … Continue reading

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UNCERTAINTY ABOUT THE FUTURE BECAUSE OF THE JULY REVOLUTION

While Eugene had been in Switzerland, it had been decided that his elderly uncle, Bishop Fortuné, troubled by the anti-religious sentiment in Marseilles, should leave France and take refuge in Nice. Eugene went to meet him there, after a frightening … Continue reading

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ORAISON: THAT IS WHERE I MEET YOU

In these lines we touch the heart of Eugene’s prayer for those he loved: “I concern myself about you before God.” It was in the presence of God, in prayer, that Eugene communed with those who were absent. My dear … Continue reading

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A TENDER AFFECTION FOR CHILDREN SO WORTHY OF ALL MY LOVE

Eugene had hoped to spend his last hours in Billens with the scholastics, but Bishop Forbin Janson had unexpectedly arrived to visit, and Eugene had had to spend time with him instead. God alone, my dear children, can know what … Continue reading

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