Monthly Archives: January 2020

THE SACRED FIRE OF YOUR LOVE WHICH MUST FIRST ENKINDLE FIRE IN MY HEART, AND THEN POUR ITSELF OUT BY MY MINISTRY

Eugene was to be the instrument of God’s love for his people by making sure that he was filled with it himself. How is one to proceed if one is to hope to arrive at this? Above all I must … Continue reading

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THIS NEW PHASE OF MY LIFE MUST BE A TIME OF COMPLETE RENEWAL

However, one must proceed, it is what God is imposing on me, let me be brave and count on his grace. For that above all it is necessary to work seriously at becoming a saint. This new phase of my … Continue reading

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IT IS WHAT GOD IS IMPOSING ON ME, LET ME BE BRAVE AND COUNT ON HIS GRACE

Eugene’s retreat reflections continue to invite him to an even greater trust in God All that would cost me nothing, I think, if penetrated as I am with a sense of my obligations, I could count on being understood in … Continue reading

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I MUST ATTACH MYSELF TO THIS PEOPLE AS A FATHER TO HIS CHILDREN

These beautiful words sum up all that Eugene would be for the next 24 years as Bishop of Marseilles: Here I am in fact pastor and chief pastor of a diocese which, whatever one says of it, is not inhabited … Continue reading

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BISHOP OF MARSEILLES: THE HEAVIEST BURDEN THAT COULD BE IMPOSED ON A FEEBLE MORTAL

During these days of retreat Eugene reflected on the meaning of his new calling and the attitude with which he would approach the task. Since the die is cast and in spite of all my efforts up to the present … Continue reading

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I WILL TRY TO PROFIT FROM MY SOLITUDE IN SOUL AND BODY

Having been given the heavy burden of being appointed Bishop of Marseilles. Eugene’s health suffered. Everyone, relatives, friends and doctor, having got together to insist on my going out of town to enable me to recover from the state of … Continue reading

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WE CAN NEVER DO ENOUGH TO BE GRATEFUL FOR ALL THE GOOD THE GOOD LORD HELPS US TO ACCOMPLISH

Eugene always rejoiced in the success of the ministry of his missionary sons. Writing to Fr Martin in Switzerland, he points out that the reason for his success is that he is allowing God to work through him. My dear … Continue reading

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NEVER COME DOWN FROM THE PULPIT WITHOUT HAVING AROUSED HEARTS TO CONTRITION AND LOVE

Eugene continues his advice to Fr. Mille while he accompanies the Archbishop of Aix and preaches in his place. In the morning, prior to the ceremonies, I think you will be asked to give a brief instruction on the Sacrament … Continue reading

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THE BISHOP AS CHIEF SHEPHERD

The Archbishop of Aix was in temporary poor health and needed someone to accompany him on his pastoral visits throughout the Archdiocese of Aix, and to preach on his behalf. Eugene appointed Oblate Father Mille to this important mission. I … Continue reading

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ST EUGENE SPEAKS FOR THE 2186th TIME – WHY THIS DAILY REFLECTION?

Dear Reader, Since May 2010, there have been 2185 entries in English on this site. Each of these has been translated into Spanish, French and Polish. Dedicating an hour a day each weekday to make this possible has become an … Continue reading

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