Monthly Archives: September 2018

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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THE SACRED HEART

As a person passionately in love with Jesus the Savior, it is no surprise that Eugene had a strong attachment to the devotion to the Sacred Heart. In 1819 he had made the Oblate Church of the Mission the center … Continue reading

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A BISHOP IS PRIMARILY A MISSIONARY

Bishop Fortuné de Mazenod was old, and thus handed over the pastoral visitation of seven outlying towns to his newly-ordained nephew, Bishop Eugene. My dear friend, I am on my way to make a pastoral visitation in a part of … Continue reading

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WHAT AN OUTSTANDING FELLOW HE IS!

Writing to Father Guibert at the Marian Shrine in Laus, Eugene asks for prayers for the community. In particular for Casimir Aubert who was preparing himself for his priestly ordination on April 6. He would be the first Oblate to … Continue reading

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I ADMIRED THE MEANS YOU EMPLOYED TO BRING THIS DIFFICULT MAN TO A MORE REASONABLE FRAME OF MIND

In the previous reflection we looked at the letter of Eugene to the Bishop of Gap regarding the Shrine of Notre Dame du Laus. Now Eugene writes to Fr Guibert directly about the same delicate situation. I admired the means … Continue reading

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IF HE IS INNOCENT, WHY SHOULD HE BE PUNISHED?

Bishop Arbaud focused his discomfort with the Oblates on the superior of the community, Father Guibert, whom Eugene vehemently defended. The underlying cause of the Bishop’s unhappiness was not Fr Guibert – but he became the scapegoat to express it. … Continue reading

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IF I KNEW THAT ONE OF OUR MEN WAS IN THE WRONG I WOULD NOT HAVE WORDS STRONG ENOUGH TO CONDEMN HIM

We have seen the newly-consecrated Bishop Eugene’s understanding of the dignity of the episcopacy as successors of the apostles – which gave a particular relationship between priests and bishops, and between bishops themselves. He refers to this in his response … Continue reading

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TO AVOID A COLLISION I HAD TO PLACE MANY THINGS AT THE FOOT OF THE CROSS

The Oblates had been at the shrine of Notre Dame du Laus since 1819 and, in those 13 years, had made it a flourishing center of mission activities which attracted many pilgrims. The local bishop, who was Jansenist and a … Continue reading

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