I FEEL A LOT OF COMPASSION FOR THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE LEFT WITHOUT A SERVICE THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO

Eugene, the missionary Oblate, was always aware of seeking out the most abandoned. Now as a bishop, without a diocese or an official function in the Church, he identifies the most abandoned who need his sacramental and pastoral services. 

I would like all who are impeded by age from fulfilling the essential duty of pastoral visitation and administration of the sacrament of confirmation in the parts of their diocese that are difficult of access to send me there, so long as I have some youth left, that is to say, if God grants me the health, over the period of the next ten years or so. The truth is, I feel a lot of compassion for these people who are left without a service they have a right to and which is so necessary for their sanctification.

Letter to Henri Tempier, 22 May 1834, EO VIII n 481

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One Response to I FEEL A LOT OF COMPASSION FOR THESE PEOPLE WHO ARE LEFT WITHOUT A SERVICE THEY HAVE A RIGHT TO

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    “I feel a lot of compassion for these people who are left without a service they have a right to and which is so necessary for their sanctification.” Eugene recognizes within these people the very thing that he has been struggling with in his own life as the French government tries to halt the work he is doing and as the Church herself has seemingly agreed-to with her order of silence and portrayal of compliance with the government.

    I recognize in Eugene the experiences of Jesus himself as he was led towards the cross, with each step he took on his way to Golgotha. And I realise that although Eugene is not mentioning this himself it is so clearly visible as I look back at what Eugene himself was experiencing. Suddenly ‘offering up our struggles or sufferings’ takes on a deeper appreciation.

    There is a gift in all of this for Eugene – his love and compassion for the poor has once again come to the forefront as he sees them in new light. I cautiously wonder what it might look like if I am able to open my eyes and see with eyes that are able to focus from my own recent experiences.

    Look Eugene at how you lead us, how you remind and invite us to continue to stand at the foot of our crucifixes and lift our own feet to take the next steps in our journey.

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