Monthly Archives: September 2019

IT IS WITH EVERY CONFIDENCE THAT I WILL RECEIVE YOUR OATH

The Icosia saga was brought to an end with Eugene’s reconciliation with the King in January 1836 in Paris. Eugene describes the audience. At midday the door of the King’s chambers opened and my name was called. The King came … Continue reading

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IT’S AN ACT OF JUSTICE THAT HAS BEEN RENDERED ME AND I’M STILL OWED SOME REPARATION

Grudgingly, Eugene had written the required letter to the King, but a sense of bitterness remained at the way he had been treated for so many years. I have the feeling that there is an expectation that I thank the … Continue reading

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IT CAN’T BE DENIED THAT THE KING HAS BEEN GRACIOUS IN THE MATTER

On August 25, King Louis Philippe had written to Bishop Fortuné to thank him for his prayers on the occasion of his having been spared the assassination attempt. The letter concluded, “The King has not forgotten, my Lord, the circumstances … Continue reading

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I AGREE TO BEING COADJUTOR AND DO NOT WANT A DIOCESE.

Tempier’s letter and Jeancard’s persuasion eventually did the trick and Eugene succumbed to the pressure and wrote the required letter to the King. My dear Tempier. This letter will be brought you by Jeancard who will tell you orally everything … Continue reading

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YOU MUSTN’T BE SURPRISED THAT I AM HESITANT WHEN CONSCIENCE, HONOR AND THE PEACE OF MY WHOLE LIFE ARE AT STAKE

Apart from all the reasons stated above which Eugene gave for not cooperating with the wishes of the government, he kept on insisting that he wanted to spend the remaining years of his life in the restful peace of an … Continue reading

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AN ULTIMATUM

We have been following Eugene’s struggle with the situation of being reconciled with the King and the government, and how he had many objections to what was being asked of him in order to achieve this. Henri Tempier was justifiably … Continue reading

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ORAISON: PRAYING WITH THE MAZENODIAN FAMILY

“In the prolonged silent prayer we make each day, we let ourselves be moulded by the Lord, and find in him the inspiration of our conduct” (OMI Rule of Life, 33). The practice of Oraison was an important part of … Continue reading

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THE JUST AFFECTION I OWE HIM AND THAT I HAVE PLEDGED TO HIM WITH ALL MY HEART

Softening his attitude for the sake of his 87-year-old uncle, Eugene was prepared to make the oath of fidelity to the King, but on condition that he can stay in Marseilles as suffragan bishop to Fortuné, but not accept to … Continue reading

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EVERYONE WILL SAY THAT I HAVE SOLD MY LOYALTY IN EXCHANGE FOR A DIOCESE

Eugene continues to express his anguish at the situation in which he found himself. The King was willing to offer a reconciliation, but the price was heavy if his episcopal status was to be recognized – it was to accept … Continue reading

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I DO NOT WANT TO BECOME THE PASTOR OF MARSEILLES, NEVER EVER

Three weeks earlier, Eugene’s despondency and suffering as the result of the harsh treatment he had received from the local authorities and from some of the priests of Marseilles (which we saw in earlier entries) had led him to this … Continue reading

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