IT’S A TRULY HEAVENLY JOY! A PERSON COULD PASS FROM ONE PARADISE TO ANOTHER.
Another glimpse into the busy life of Bishop Eugene.
A wonderful ordination of forty-three subjects. The ceremony was magnificent
There were eight new diocesan priests, among them one Oblate, Marie Cyr Chauvet.
Later, I went to the quarterly exercise of Saint-Rosaire-Vivant [the Holy Living Rosary],which this time took place in the church of Saint-Lazare.
The group (sodality) of le Rosaire-Vivant [the Living Rosary], owing to the initiative of Pauline Jaricot, foundress as well of the work of the Propagation of the Faith, counting in 1833 a million members. The goal was to recite a decade of the rosary each day and to work for the distribution of good books
I spent the entire day in this way in the church; in which better place could a person be? Concerning the ordination, I said to myself what has often been in my thoughts, that a person ought to be able to spend his life in fulfilling such grand duties. Could he not be happy to die in discharging them? It’s a truly heavenly joy! A person could pass from one paradise to another.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 30 June 1844, EO XXI
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