Monthly Archives: November 2017

HE SHOULD NOT GIVE HIMSELF UP TO IDLE DREAMS OF A FUTURE THAT WILL PERHAPS NEVER COME

The student house in Billens was made up of zealous young people with generous dreams. Some of these, however, were not quite practical, as Eugene commented to the superior, Fr Mille. I urge you to deter Ricard from his plans … Continue reading

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IN CLOSE UNION WITH GOD, GO AHEAD WITH FULL CONFIDENCE

Father Mille was 33 years old, had been ordained a priest for only fifteen months and he was the superior of the Oblate scholasticate in Switzerland. He was young and inexperienced, but the political crisis in France had forced Eugene … Continue reading

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WHILE WE ARE NOTHING, WE CAN ACHIEVE A LOT WITH GOD’S HELP

Words of encouragement that God is close to us whenever we strive to discern God’s will: If you have rooted yourself in the profound conviction that while we are nothing, we can achieve a lot with God’s help. We do … Continue reading

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I SAW YOU IN HIM, AND THUS, ALTHOUGH ALREADY FAR AWAY, WE WERE VERY CLOSE TO ONE ANOTHER

Eugene had spent the summer months in Switzerland with the students preparing themselves to be Missionaries. He was always sad when he had to leave this community and return to Marseilles and the burdens of being Vicar General in difficult … Continue reading

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THE CROSS CONTINUES TO BE A CAUSE OF DIVISION

Yvon Beaudoin gives the background to yet another anti-religious incident: “The mayor had requested the suppression of the procession on the feast of the Assumption. Bishop Fortuné went ahead with it all the same. A group of men attacked the … Continue reading

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THE DAILY LIFE OF THE YOUNG FUTURE OBLATE STUDENTS

Not exactly a profound spiritual thought, but just a glimpse into Eugene’s chatty narrative to his friend, Henri Tempier, about everyday life in the seminary in Billens. Everyone is very well. And in fact the only thing lacking here is … Continue reading

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I AM SHOWN NOTHING BUT COW-PATS

Writing to Tempier from Billens and the farm that the Oblates now owned as a seminary, Eugene had some frustrated feelings about the Oblates’ lack of success with farming! I don’t understand a thing of the mess they have got … Continue reading

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PRAY THAT I MAY PLACE NO OBSTACLE TO THE ACCOMPLISHMENT OF GOD’S WILL

In August Eugene traveled to the scholasticate in Billens to check on the progress of the community and its studies. We were all so happy to see each other again, after a year’s absence, and a conversation (not foreseen by … Continue reading

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BE CAREFUL NEVER TO SACRIFICE PRINCIPLES

The Capitular Vicar of Aix had ordered the priests to celebrate a solemn Mass of Thanksgiving on the anniversary of the July Revolution of July 1830 (“the three glorious days”). Having suffered the persecution of the Church by the government … Continue reading

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I HOPE THAT THEY WILL NOT BE DECEIVED IN THEIR EXPECTATIONS

In writing to the superior of the scholasticate about his new Oblates in formation, Eugene makes a statement that equally applies all those entrusted to our care in ministry. I must not conceal from you that our new students expect … Continue reading

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