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THROUGH THE EYES OF OUR CRUCIFIED SAVIOR: SPIRITUAL LIFE AND DAILY LIFE ARE NOT DISSOCIATED

In recent centuries there was the tendency to separate a person’s “spiritual life” from “daily life in the real world.” Spiritual referred to all that was of God, and material referred to all that was the world. So, in popular … Continue reading

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GOD’S GRACE WOULD BUILD ON EUGENE’S NATURE

Eugene’s heart had been touched by the miserable situation of the prisoners, as Leflon tells us: “Eugene then denounced the deplorable condition of the temporary prisoners, particularly the conscriptees who had been taken from one regiment to another before reaching … Continue reading

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CONVINCED OF YOUR ZEAL AND YOUR LOVE FOR ALL THAT IS RELATED TO THE RELIEF OF THE POOR AND UNFORTUNATE

  On December 23 1806, Eugene, addressed as ”Demazenot fils,” (the equivalent of “junior”) received the following letter, addressed to him from the directors of the Work of Prisons in Aix: “Sir, we have the honor to inform you that … Continue reading

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PATIENCE IN A STORM THAT CANNOT BE CONTROLLED

The Marian sanctuary at Laus was the second Oblate community established in France, and became a successful center of mission for the pilgrims in the warm months, and as a base of missionary outreach to the villages in the cold … Continue reading

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A MODEL WHO REFLECTS GOD’S COMPASSION AND LOVE

Eugene’s admiration for Alphonsus Liguori was contagious. His moral theology which stressed the compassion and mercy of God became the guiding principle of the Oblate approach to people – especially in the confessional. (cf http://www.eugenedemazenod.net/?p=1651 and http://www.eugenedemazenod.net/?p=654 ) Eugene had … Continue reading

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TAKE CARE OF EACH OTHER

Eugene’s concern for the Oblates was not confined to their ministry, but he was especially interested in the quality of their lives, of their “being in order to do.” Writing to the new community in Nimes he gives them advice … Continue reading

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A WELCOME FOR PRIESTS IN NEED

The 1818 Rule had underlined the importance of doing something to remedy the havoc caused to priests by the French Revolution. Art. 2. In the beginning, the missionaries because of their youth, will only be able to undertake indirectly the … Continue reading

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AT THE SERVICE OF BOREDOM PERSONIFIED

A few years’ earlier Eugene had written about serving God in situations in which he felt no attraction at all: If tired out body and soul, I want to seek some rest in a good book or in prayer, etc., … Continue reading

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WHAT DOES LOVE LOOK LIKE?

One of the reasons for the success of the ministry of the Missionaries was their quality of being close to people. They were missionaries because they cared for the welfare of others. Their main concern was for the salvation of … Continue reading

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THE IDENTITY OF THE MAZENODIAN FAMILY: SEE HOW THESE CHRISTIANS LOVE ONE ANOTHER

Eugene’s description of the Missionary vocation to a prospective member continued: We live in community under a mild Rule which fixes our duties and gives a very great value to the least of our actions. The spirit of charity and … Continue reading

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