This is the one thousandth entry
of “Eugene de Mazenod speaks to us”!
What started as a simple private daily reflection has now grown into a daily blog in English, French and Spanish with 369 persons who receive it each day by email and an average of around 120 direct daily visits to the site.
So, it is with a feeling of deep gratitude that I write this, the 1000th daily reflection! Thank you to each of you for your interest in making this venture worthwhile. Thank you to the Oblate General Administration in Rome, which takes care of the costs involved.
The inspiration and driving force for these reflections comes from the 1822 letter that Eugene wrote to his first companion and confidant, Henri Tempier:
First companion of mine, you have from the first day we came together grasped the spirit which must animate us and which we must communicate to others; you have not deviated in the slightest from the path we resolved to follow; everyone knows this in the Society and they count on you as they count on myself.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 15 August 1822, O.W. VI n. 86
Each reflection is an attempt to deepen our understanding of Eugene’s spirit and the inspiration it holds out to us today as members of the Mazenodian family around the world – lay, religious and priests – all of us as missionaries inspired by Saint Eugene de Mazenod’s charism.
My only sadness is not having feedback and reactions in the “comments” section of the website itself http://www.eugenedemazenod.net/.
“A father’s communication with his many children… that is one of the most agreeable occupations of my life”
Eugene de Mazenod, 2 February 1857, Circular letter no. 2 EO XII, pages 209 – 222