Monthly Archives: May 2019

PAUSE

There will be a pause in these reflections until June 17. A reminder that all the 2045 entries on the writings of Saint Eugene are available for you to consult on the site http://www.eugenedemazenod.net/. In addition, should you wish to … Continue reading

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IF ONE IS GOING TO GET INVOLVED AT ALL, IT MUST BE IN AN EFFECTIVE WAY

When the requests for a mission season came in, they were put together and Eugene and the Oblates evaluated them and made decisions on how to proceed. What emerges clearly from this letter is that the method of the Oblate … Continue reading

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BE VERY PRUDENT IN THE MIXED LOCALITIES THAT YOU EVANGELISE

Father Mille lived and ministered in Switzerland in areas of mixed religion, and where some of the Protestants were strongly anti-Catholic. Eugene encourages discretion in the approach of the Oblates. I think Father Guibert has written you that he thinks … Continue reading

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DON’T WORRY BECAUSE GOD IN HIS GOODNESS WILL MAKE UP FOR WHAT IS LACKING

The Oblates used to write to Eugene explaining their successes and difficulties during the preaching of the parish missions and asking his advice. The newly ordained Father Vincens was struggling with the sacrament of reconciliation. You wouldn’t have experienced those … Continue reading

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THE POOR INSTRUMENT OF THESE MARVELS IS THE FIRST TO BE SURPRISED

Eugene marvels at what is being achieved by the Oblate missionaries in their parish missions. My dear Father Vincens, the Lord be praised for what he has accomplished by means of your ministry and dear Father Dassy’s. Good master as … Continue reading

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WE MUST NOT TRY TO GO FASTER THAN GOD URGES US

The demands of the missions were far greater than the small number of Oblates could accomplish. Yet, new members could not be manufactured at will. It all depended on God calling people to this way of life. The novitiate is … Continue reading

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IT’S NO SMALL CONSOLATION TO SEE THE LORD DIRECTING OUR MEN’S STEPS LIKE THIS, GIVING THEM HIS ASSISTANCE AND WORKING MIRACLES BY THEIR HOLY MINISTRY

Eugene rejoices at the accomplishments of his family. My dear Father Guigues. I have, it is true, received a letter from Father Vincens, but it refers me to the information that you were to have given me for details of … Continue reading

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LET’S GO STRAIGHT FOR OUR OBJECTIVE BY THE SIMPLICITY OF OUR MINISTRY

The cooler months of the year were the period when the Oblate parish missions were preached – especially in the rural villages where the inhabitants were busy in the spring, summer and fall with their crops. Although Eugene could not … Continue reading

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