Monthly Archives: September 2018

200 YEARS AGO: THE RULE – ENRICHED BY THE EXPERIENCE OF OTHERS

When Eugene had written to Henri Tempier to invite him to join the Missionaries, he had said: We will live together in one house, that which I have bought, under a Rule we shall adopt with common accord and for … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO:  THE CONSTITUTIONS AND RULES SET OUT A PRIVILEGED MEANS FOR EACH OBLATE TO FOLLOW IN THE FOOTSTEPS OF JESUS CHRIST.

Throughout the Rule Eugene aimed at communicating that which imbued him to act and the attitude that was particular to this group of missionaries. By means of the Rule as a guide and instrument of formation he aimed at communicating … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO:  READ AND MEDITATE UPON YOUR HOLY RULE

For my part, my very dear Sons, I will be content to sum up my advice in this single recommendation: read and meditate upon your Holy Rule. Circular Letter 1, 2 August 1853, EO XII It is clear that the … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: THE RULE: PUTTING A LIVED EXPERIENCE INTO WORDS

Eugene spent 13 days at St Laurent, compiling a Rule of 55 hand-written pages. His early biographer, Jeancard, described him poetically as being like Moses “going up to Mount Sinai to receive the Commandments of God.” This was not quite … Continue reading

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TWO HUNDRED YEARS AGO: A SPIRIT OF UNITY AMONG THE MISSIONARIES

Having received the approval of all the Missionaries to take responsibility for ND du Laus as a center of mission and the go-ahead to write a Rule of Life for them, Eugene set out from Aix to go to the … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: TIGHTENING THE BONDS SO AS TO HAVE UNITY OF THOUGHT AND ACTION

In the process of discernment, Eugene placed the situation of establishing a second community and its implications before all the Missionaries. His Memoires recall: I felt that I should summon to an extraordinary council, all those who then comprised my … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: A MISSIONARY GROUP DISCERNMENT

The letter from the Diocese of Digne offering the care of Notre Dame du Laus to the Missionaries stated that two priests would be needed. In the summer they would devote their whole time to the many pilgrims who came … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: A QUANTUM LEAP FOR THE MAZENODIAN FAMILY

Two and a half years after the foundation of the Missionaries, this seemingly insignificant letter, written by St Eugene, signaled an explosion in their life and a new direction. The letter was written in response to an invitation from the … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: A MAJOR CHANGE OF DIRECTION

In 1816 Eugene de Mazenod and his first companions had come together to form the Missionaries of Provence. The plan was to have only one community, based in the former Carmelite Convent, and to concentrate on evangelization in the villages … Continue reading

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SOME THREATEN TO LEAVE IF THEIR OBEDIENCE IS NOT CHANGED

The house in Billens, Switzerland, had been opened as a formation house for the scholastics when it appeared that the Revolution of 1830 was about to begin a persecution of the Church. Three years later the students returned to France, … Continue reading

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