Monthly Archives: February 2021

PERSUADE THE PARTIES TO ACCEPT THE DECISIONS YOU GIVE AS MOTIVATED BY A SPIRIT OF IMPARTIALITY

Bishop Eugene de Mazenod, committed to be in Marseilles, nevertheless took great interest in the missionary work of each of his Oblate sons. Continue this vocation with trust and courage, you see how the good Lord guides your steps and … Continue reading

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SURROUNDED BY ALL THESE BLOODTHIRSTY MEN WHO BECOME LIKE LAMBS AT YOUR CALL, THE DAGGERS FALLING FROM THEIR HANDS

Eugene de Mazenod was Superior General of the Oblates, while at the same time being Bishop of Marseilles. He thus had the overall responsibility for the missionary work of the Oblates and took a direct interest in all that they … Continue reading

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THE HAPPINESS OF FINDING MYSELF WITH PERSONS SO BELOVED

On a rare break with his mother and his sister’s family, Eugene described his impressions in glowing terms. The family gathering was to be the last with his nephew, Louis, who was terminally ill. Two of Louis’ sisters had died … Continue reading

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THE HAPPINESS I FEEL WHEN I DISTRIBUTE THE BODY OF JESUS CHRIST TO ALL MY FAMILY

Eugene’s nephew, Louis Boisgelin, was studying to be a Jesuit priest and had fallen gravely ill. He would be the third of Eugene’s sister’s children to die young. Louis had been sent home to rest for a while, and Eugene … Continue reading

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WE GROW OLDER ONE DAY AT A TIME, BUT THEN COMES THE ANNIVERSARY THAT REMINDS YOU THAT YOU ARE OLDER BY A YEAR

Eugene’s musings about his 60th birthday and age need no commentary today. August 1: Nothing special today except that I finish my 59th year. This is how we approach the end almost without even noticing it. We grow older one … Continue reading

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IT IS PROVIDENCE WHICH ARRANGES MATTERS WITHOUT OUR HAVING THE LEAST HINT IN THE WORLD.

Hippolyte Guibert had been 14 years old and living near from the Missionaries of Provence when they were founded in 1816 in Aix. For seven years he observed their zeal and finally, at the age of 21, he felt called … Continue reading

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ORAISON WILL BE YOUR RICH MINE AND THE DAILY EXAMENS WILL SERVE YOU AS BEACON, MIRROR, COMPASS AND AS SPUR

Eugene de Mazenod’s appointment of Father Joseph Vincens as novice master had caused the young man to be afraid of not being capable of coping with the responsibility. Eugene’s advice to him can be applied by us in so many … Continue reading

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Why Do We Refer to February 17th as “Oblate Day”

Thanks, Father Salvador, for this presentation! Happy Feast-day to all the members of the Mazenodian Family. https://www.youtube.com/watch?fbclid=IwAR1soOCuQwsuDm0c9uf4hxO5VbrWpiHdK9pTiSSB9-W6mFouRd2ZS1m-j-I&v=AfKwo18A_Fw&feature=youtu.be

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17 FEBRUARY 1826: THE CHURCH RECOGNIZES THAT EUGENE’S MISSIONARY FAMILY IS A GOD-GIVEN CHARISM FOR US TODAY

Eugene shared the wonderful news from Rome with his Oblate family in France: My dear brothers, on February 17, 1826, yesterday evening, the Sovereign Pontiff Leo XII confirmed the decision of the congregation of Cardinals and specifically approved the Institute, … Continue reading

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195 YEARS LATER: THE SPIRIT SPEAKS TO US IN THE SIGNS OF THE TIMES OF THIS PANDEMIC AND ENRICHES OUR MISSIONARY LIVES

The Letter of Superior General to the Congregation on the Anniversary of the Papal Approval of the Constitutions and Rules – February 17, 2021 The pandemic is helping us see more clearly what is essential in life. The Spirit speaks … Continue reading

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