Monthly Archives: November 2018

200 YEARS AGO: NOTA BENE – SEE TO IT THAT YOU HAVE SOLIDLY VIRTUOUS PRIESTS

See to it that you have zealous, altruistic and solidly virtuous priests and soon you will bring back to the fold the people who have wandered away from their duties. 1818 Rule, Part One, Chapter One. The ends of the … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: NOTA BENE – EXAMPLE IS LEADERSHIP

The remedy to the tragic situation of the Church – and specifically to the harm done by the “laziness, indifference and corruption among the priests” – proposed by Eugene is that of the good example of the priests. “Example is … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: NOTA BENE – ANALYSIS BEFORE ACTION

The Missionaries, dedicated to the process of rebuilding the post-revolution Church of France, dedicated their lives to bringing these abandoned victims of the revolution into the fullness of communion with Jesus Christ and the members of his Body. In order … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: NOTA BENE – TWO SIDES OF THE PICTURE

One can touch the intensity of Eugene’s emotions! As he reflected on the situation of the Church in France he expressed his horror at the behavior of some of the priests who were not living up to the demands of … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO:  THEIR AMBITION SHOULD EMBRACE THE WHOLE EARTH

Conscious of the fact that they are only 6 priests and 3 scholastic seminarians at the moment, Eugene’s enthusiasm cannot be contained – they have big dreams: and even though, because of their present small number and the more urgent … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: NOTA BENE – A “WOW” MOMENT!

Eugene is enthralled by the wonder of our vocation. It is made in heaven and is an invitation to enter into the realm of heaven by giving us the charge of being nothing less than the co-operators of the Savior! … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: NOTA BENE –  WHAT MORE SUBLIME PURPOSE THAN THAT OF THEIR INSTITUTE!

What more sublime purpose than that of their Institute! He restates, in different words, the three foundation pillars of our vocation that he had written in our defining Article one. NOTA BENE – TAKE NOTE! Their founder is Jesus Christ, … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: NOTA BENE – TAKE NOTE!

Having reflected on the damage caused to the Church Eugene dipped his quill into the inkwell and launched into an impassioned reflection of the vocation of the Missionary. NOTA BENE, he writes: take note! The text that follows is known … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: CONCERN FOR YOUTH

The monasteries had been pioneers of education in Europe, this it was this concern for the youth that also motivated Eugene in his youth ministry. Article 3. Once again, that is why the members of this Society engage as well … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: THE QUALITY OF THEIR LIVES AND SERVICE

It was not a question of rebuilding monasteries, but of a group of active apostolic missionaries who would carry in the quality of their lives and service something of the spirit of these ancient monastic Orders. Certainly the presence of … Continue reading

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