Monthly Archives: April 2018

DEATH OPENS THE GATES OF HEAVEN TO US

Eugene writes to Father Courtès, the superior of the Aix community, about an Oblate he has just sent to join his community:  … I am quite aware, my dear friend, that you will not get much out of the man … Continue reading

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THE POPE GIVES HIS PERSONAL GUIDANCE TO THE FAMILY WHOSE HEAD HE IS

In September 1831 Pope Gregory XVI had been elected and Eugene had sent him a message on behalf of the Oblates, whose head he was. The Sovereign Pontiff has replied to the letter I wrote him from Fribourg, in the … Continue reading

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NOT BEING WITH THE SHEPHERDS, LET HIM JOIN WITH THE MAGI

Father Frederic Mouchel had come to the Oblate novitiate as a priest, when the time for his oblation came, Eugene had hoped that this act of oblation would be done at Christmas or the Epiphany. In this way he would … Continue reading

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THE GRACE OF A SECOND CALL

In our previous reflection, Eugene had written to the formation superior about Brother Saluzzo who was wavering in his vocation. Now Eugene writes directly to the young man: … you told me you were happy when I visited Billens. All … Continue reading

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THE DIFFICULTY OF FINDING A HANDFUL OF DISCIPLES AMONGST ALL THOSE HE HAS RANSOMED WITH HIS BLOOD

Father Mille, the formator of the young Oblates in Switzerland had given a progress report to Eugene on some of the students. One had behaved badly and had been unfaithful to his vocation – something that Eugene always found painful … Continue reading

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GOSSIP OR TRUTH – HUMBLE YOURSELF BEFORE GOD

Some gossip had reached Eugene’s ears about something that Hippolyte Courtès was reputed to have said about a conflict regarding a newspaper connected with an ongoing conflict in the French church (the Lammenais question, whose details I am not entering … Continue reading

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I EXHORT THEM TO READ THE RULES – PERHAPS THEY WILL HAVE SOME SURPRISES AND MAKE SOME FRESH DISCOVERIES

At the end of his retreat Eugene returned to his responsibilities as Oblate Superior General. He responds to one of the regular reports from a superior on the state of the community he cared for. My dear Father Courtès, your … Continue reading

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ALL WHO HAVE EXERCISED THE SAME MINISTRY AS YOURSELF HAVE KNOWN THE SAME ANGUISH

Jean Baptiste Mille was 31 years old and had been ordained for 18 months – and here he was in Billens as superior of the scholasticate and novice master. Because of the political events in France, Eugene had had no … Continue reading

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ROOM MUST BE MADE FOR THE LORD TO WORK IN

I am annoyed that Bernard is not more sensible of the value of the life and exercises of the novitiate. Lest he be deceived, it is there that is being laid the foundation of all the good he is being … Continue reading

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SHAKY BEGINNINGS TO A FRUITFUL MINISTRY

Father Mille, in charge of the formation of future Oblates in Switzerland, had written to Eugene complaining about one of his novices, Jean-Antoine Bernard. Eugene responded:  I am annoyed that Bernard is not more sensible of the value of the … Continue reading

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