Monthly Archives: October 2019

THE SUFFERINGS OF ONE IN LEADERSHIP

The “difficulties of my position and my soul’s bitter distress” was caused by the imminent death of a trusted Oblate at the age of 28, and of the departure of another. A double blow for the Oblates. And now another … Continue reading

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I WOULD GIVE MY LIFE TO MAKE YOUR NUMBER GROW, KNOWING THE GOOD WORKS THAT YOU COULD ACHIEVE

We may fall into the danger of thinking that Eugene’s complaints in the preceding letters showed an Oblate congregation that was in a state of chaos. This was definitely not the case. The demands of the people for the ministry … Continue reading

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THE EXTRAVAGANT PIETY OF THOSE WHO WANT TO SERVE GOD IN DEFIANCE OF ALL REASON AND COMMON SENSE

“Be” in order to “Do” meant a life of equilibrium. Zeal for mission in defiance of the needs of the body produces few results. Writing to the superior of the Aix community, Eugene insists on equilibrium. The obligation of seven … Continue reading

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I AM SADDENED WHEN I CONSIDER HOW SMALL SOME MEN’S GENEROSITY IS

Looking at potential leadership in the Oblates, Eugene identifies the qualities of “being” which result in “doing”: availability, regularity in living by the Rule of Life, detachment and generosity. But I’m easily upset when I’m faced with men who render … Continue reading

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I NO LONGER RECOGNIZE MY SPIRIT IN THE HOUSES I HAVE JUST VISITED

The foundation of the Congregation in 1816 had begun a period of zealous inspiration and overflowing generosity among the founding generation. Twenty years later the we find Eugene frustrated by the cooling off of that initial passion. The second generation … Continue reading

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FRATERNAL AND TRUSTFUL SHARING FORMS A FAMILY SPIRIT

Writing to Father Casimir Aubert, the novice master, Eugene reviews the progress of the novices and concludes with advice regarding one in particular, from which he draws an important lesson for all communities. Try to bring your influence to bear … Continue reading

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THE LEAST I CAN DO IS TO OFFER YOU SOME CONSOLATION AND ENCOURAGEMENT IF NOT BY MY PRESENCE AT LEAST BY MY WORDS

Eugene’s role as Superior General was to keep those entrusted to his care focused on the spirit of their vocation in the light of the charism he had received. This involved encouraging those who were struggling to keep focussed. In … Continue reading

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AS SOON AS ONE OF OUR MEN IS NAMED COMMUNITY SUPERIOR, HE SETS HIMSELF UP AS THE SOLE MASTER

Those responsible for the various Oblate communities were very young and full of zeal and innovative ideas. Eugene corresponded regularly with each of them to encourage and guide them. He did, however, condemn any abuse of power when decisions were … Continue reading

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“BE” IN COMMUNITY OVERFLOWS TO “DO” IN MISSION

The Shrine of Our Lady of Laus was gearing up for the busy summer pilgrimage season during which the Oblates would be feverishly occupied with pastoral ministry to the pilgrims. Now the feast of Pentecost is upon us, appeal to … Continue reading

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ORAISON: Praying with the Mazenodian family on 20 October

You are invited to take to join the practice of the US Mazenodian Family in a time of prayer on Sunday, October 20, 2019, which is World Mission Sunday.     Mission Sunday 1975 was the day when Pope Paul … Continue reading

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