Monthly Archives: September 2017

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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IT IS TRULY A PARADISE ON EARTH

With all the painful difficulties experienced by Eugene during nearly two years, he shares with us a happy interlude in Switzerland provided by the young Oblates in formation. He was delighted by their zealous enthusiasm to prepare themselves to be … Continue reading

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WHEN NECESSARY, ONE OUGHT TO FEAR NOTHING BUT, WITHOUT NECESSITY, ONE OUGHT NOT TO

An idea of the uncertain and dangerous situation in France is given in this letter that Eugene wrote to Fr. Mille, the superior of the scholasticate in Billens, about some indiscretions on the part of the students in their letters. … Continue reading

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I DESIRE THAT EVERYONE BE WELL PREPARED AND FACING THE PRESENT WITH READY HEARTS

In the joy of the day of renewal of commitment by the Oblate students, Eugene remained mindful of the Oblates in France who were in danger as a result of the July Revolution. However we have kept to the fore … Continue reading

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SO TANGIBLE IS THE PRESENCE OF GOD OUR SAVIOR TO ALL OUR HEARTS

Since 1818, the custom of the Oblates was to have their annual retreat at the end of October and to conclude with the symbolic renewal of their oblation on November 1. This is exactly what Eugene did in Billens with … Continue reading

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WHEN ALL THE PEOPLE OF THE AREA WHERE ONE LIVES DO NOT HAVE A GIVEN THING, IT WOULD BE UNPARDONABLE TO REGRET NOT HAVING IT

We have followed the misery of Eugene for many months of serious illness and mourning, slow convalescence, concern over the anti-religious political upheaval, and his frustration at being far away from his Oblate family and those close to him in … Continue reading

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