Monthly Archives: December 2018

200 YEARS AGO: PREACHING –  SOMETHING BEAUTIFUL FOR GOD

It goes without saying that it is never permitted to receive even the least recompense for preaching, or the administration of the sacraments, or any other ministry. 1818 Rule Part 1, Chapter 3, §1 Preaching The Missionary co-operator of the … Continue reading

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THE WRITINGS OF ST EUGENE IN CHRONOLOGICAL ORDER

Thanks to the work of many contributors, we now have the published writings of St Eugene in chronological order in English at http://www.eugenedemazenod.net/?page_id=2362 

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200 YEARS AGO: PREACHING – WE ARE FILLED WITH WHAT WE TEACH BEFORE ATTEMPTING TO INSTRUCT OTHERS

The central aim of preaching for Eugene was to instruct and to give a message that would lead people into a deeper relationship with God and one another: Experience proves that it is possible to attain this desirable end, the … Continue reading

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THE IMMACULATE CONCEPTION – THE OBLATE MADONNA

We go back to 1822. In the midst of all his concerns for the survival of his newly-founded Missionary family, Eugene celebrated the feast of the Assumption. It was a day which was to leave a permanent impression on the … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: PREACHING – THE TEST OF A SUCCESSFUL SERMON

We should see to it that, when our sermons are over, they, instead of presuming to bestow foolish admiration on what they have not understood, will rather return to their homes instructed and well disposed, instructed, and able to repeat … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: PREACHING – CHEW THE BREAD OF THE WORD

The Missionaries, who spent a large part of their ministry in preaching the Gospel, needed to be clear about their priorities: we must seek only to instruct the people, to be attentive to the needs of the majority of the … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: PREACHING – NOISY GONGS AND CLANGING CYMBALS

As an outstanding preacher himself, Eugene had no patience with the flowery preachers who had style and played with words but had no solid content. His diary entries spare them no criticism, and in his Rule he wanted to ensure … Continue reading

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200 YEARS AGO: PREACHING THROUGH WITNESS

In our exploration of the 1818 Rule , we have seen how Eugene set out the goals of the Missionaries: preach the Gospel to the most abandoned, make up for the loss of the Orders and to correct the ravages … Continue reading

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