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FROM WORD TO ACTION

The next section of the Rule of 1818 moves to the logical conclusion of preaching: helping the listener to come to a personal encounter with God as Savior. Preaching should make people aware of their need for conversion, best expressed … Continue reading

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SELF-KNOWLEDGE FOR GROWTH

For the youth, the sacraments were to be instruments of human and Christian growth. Here Eugene stresses the importance of the sacrament of reconciliation. In his first rule of life for the youth, in 1813, he asked that they receive … Continue reading

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DIRECT EXPERIENCE

As we continue to explore the spirit and ministry of Saint Eugene with regard to his Youth Congregation, it is useful to keep in mind that his approach to the youth was the same as that operated in the preaching … Continue reading

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THE IMPORTANCE OF THE MISSION CRUCIFIX

Founder-to-founder, Eugene continues his reflections to Forbin-Janson on some aspects of preaching missions. Here he speaks about the important role of the crucifix during missions. Like the Redemptorists, the Missionaries of France used it only when preaching missions. For the … Continue reading

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SUPER-HUMAN EFFORTS TO HEAR THE CONFESSIONS OF EVERYONE IN THE VILLAGE

The need of the villagers was great and Fathers Tempier and Mie did not return to Aix after the mission in Fuveau, but stayed an extra ten days to fulfill their promise to the inhabitants of Gréasque and St-Savournin. These … Continue reading

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CONVERSION MAINTAINED BY FREQUENT USE OF THE SACRAMENT OF RECONCILIATION

President de Mazenod’s conversion journey led him to the sacrament of confession. Eugene now invites him to use this sacrament on a regular basis to maintain the force and movement of his conversion. His idea of the sacrament is not … Continue reading

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THE COMMUNITY NEEDS TO BE UNITED WITH THOSE OUT ON MISSION

“We fulfill our mission in and through the community to which we belong” (Oblate Rule of Life, Constitution 37). While one part of the community was out evangelizing, the other part was supporting the mission through prayer and unity of … Continue reading

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PARISH MISSIONS: CONFESSIONS – I REASSURED THIS GOOD MAN AND SENT HIM AWAY HAPPY

Forty one years later Eugene recounts an incident during the mission in Grans that gives an indication of the approach of the missionaries to people: A man who had been to me to confession and who, like all the others, … Continue reading

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PARISH MISSIONS: EUGENE REMEMBERS SOME OF THE FRUITS OF THEIR FIRST MISSION

Reminiscing, some forty years later, Eugene recalls the first mission preached in Grans: If, in order not to leave anything out, I had to write an account of that first mission given in Grans I fear that I would diminish … Continue reading

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PARISH MISSIONS: SUCCESS OF THE CONFESSION MINISTRY BECAUSE IT WAS DONE UNDER THE SIGN OF THE CROSS

It was always Christ the Saviour who was the focal point for Eugene and the missionaries, as was underlined by their use of their Oblate crucifix in confession that they placed in the hands of the penitent. It is useful … Continue reading

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