I visited the new cemetery in Aix where I would like to build a chapel to place the venerable remains of my two families…
I would authorize that they publicize all the dead whom they bury in this cemetery and that they celebrate Mass whenever their devotion inspires them to, in the confidence that the souls of our loved ones will benefit.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 21 February 1838, EO XIX
From childhood, Eugene had loved his family: “I have not changed over the years. I idolize my family. “I would let myself be cut up into little pieces for some members of my family.”
From 1816 onwards the Oblates also became his family, which he wanted to “be the most united family in the whole world.”
“We know that all things work together for good for those who love God, who are called according to his purpose. For those whom he foreknew he also predestined to be conformed to the image of his Son, in order that he might be the firstborn within a large family.” (Romans 8, 28-29)