THE LOCAL BISHOP RESPONDS TO THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF BRUNO GUIGUES AND HIS COMMUNITY

The success of the Oblate mission depended in a large measure to the goodwill of the local bishop. Eugene reminds Fr. Guigues and his community of the importance of this at ND de l’Osier.

You cannot be too grateful to the Bishop of Grenoble for his immeasurable goodwill towards you. Always maintain trusting relations with him such as a good man like that is capable of appreciating, and take pains to give him proof that there are no priests in his diocese more devoted to him than ourselves. It is not enough that you are such, see to it somehow that he knows it. You owe him that consolation.

Letter to Bruno Guigues, 10 October 1834, EO VIII n 490

Writing to Fr Aubert, Eugene boasts how successful the Osier community had been in cultivating a good relationship with the Bishop of Grenoble.

Guigue[s] has written me the most consoling things about how his community is getting on with the Bishop of Grenoble, who praised him and his confreres to the skies in the presence of all the clergy gathered for the retreat.
He even gave the latter a free hand to enter the noviate if they wanted to. It is really marvellous!

Letter to Casimir Aubert, 11 October 1834, EO VIII n 491

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One Response to THE LOCAL BISHOP RESPONDS TO THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF BRUNO GUIGUES AND HIS COMMUNITY

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    I find myself focusing on the Bishop of Grenoble for a moment, who tries to respond to the needs of his people as best he can. In his response to God’s call to him, he opens the door so that others might respond to their own personal calls from the Lord, to their own personal responses in service to the Church and to the poor in their midst. A small light goes on as I realise that this is what has been done for me, given to me by so many Oblates as I take my place as a member of the Mazenodian Family.

    I recognize also that the Bishop praised the young Oblates not only to their Superior but in the presence of his own priests, inviting them to enter more deeply into his ‘inner circle’ if I can use that phrase. My coming here each morning and being invited and allowed to share my thoughts and my response to this call from God is a part of my lived response; hopefully ensuring that my recognition of them comes in part as we journey together. To be consoled, to be recognized – not our ‘raison d’être” but it is a gift to sometimes hear that we are making a difference in the life of others.

    “It is not enough that you are such, see to it somehow that he knows it. You owe him that consolation.” It is sometimes easier to thank only God, for yes it comes from God. But it comes from others who allow themselves to be used by God as a conduit. For that we give thanks, for that I give thanks.

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