Monthly Archives: December 2019

WITH MARY IMMACULATE DURING OUR PAUSE

As these reflections will pause until 13 January, I wish each of you a Happy Feastday for December 8, a fruitful Advent and all the blessings of Christmas. We ask Mary Immaculate to accompany us during this period: 
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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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THE WILL OF GOD IS MANIFESTED IN A WAY THAT CANNOT BE MISTAKEN. AND I FIND MYSELF IN A POSITION OF NOT BEING ABLE TO REFUSE

Eugene would have liked to have dedicated the rest of his life to serving only the Oblates, but this was not God’s plan for him.  How often I have counted the blessings I would enjoy eventually in the solitude of … Continue reading

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FOR MYSELF, I AM BEWILDERED WHEN I REFLECT ON IT AND HAVE TO SUMMON UP MY INEXHAUSTIBLE TRUST IN GOD’S GOODNESS

Eugene had been happy to be of service to the diocese and to his uncle in an auxiliary role. He had looked forward to retiring from Marseilles to devote himself more fully to the Oblate Congregation once his 87-year-old uncle … Continue reading

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THE TRICK MY UNCLE HAS JUST PLAYED ON ME

People began to congratulate Eugene on his appointment as Bishop of Marseilles. To his Oblate brothers, Eugene confided his true sentiments. My dear Courtès, it is a consolation for me, in my disappointment to see you pleased and satisfied at … Continue reading

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ORAISON: PRAYING WITH THE MAZENODIAN FAMILY  IN DECEMBER

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

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