MY METHOD IS TO SUPPORT THE ZEAL OF ALL THOSE WHO WISH TO CONSECRATE THEMSELVES TO A LIFE OF PERFECTION, TO PRAYER AND TO PENITENCE
During his time in Marseilles, Bishop Eugene was responsible for bringing in twelve congregations of religious sisters to meet the needs of the poor and abandoned in his diocese. When he could not “import” he was instrumental in the founding of four new congregations of sisters in the city. In this extract from his diary, he speaks about one of these new foundations.
Mass at the Victimes du Coeur de Jésus [Victims of the Heart of Jesus] I solemnly blessed their chapel and gave the habit to two postulants. My method is to support the zeal of all those who wish to consecrate themselves to a life of perfection, to prayer and to penitence… As well, whatever may be said about it, I will always favor this type of vocation and the establishments that result from it.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 27 December 1842, EO XXI
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