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LIMPING OUT OF ROME

 Had dinner with the teologo Lanteri. Reserved a place in the carriage for Sunday the 30th, to return to France, by way of Loreto, Milan and Turin. Roman Diary, 22 April 1826, EO XVII  The weather was cold and damp; … Continue reading

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THEY WILL ALL HAVE TO UNDERSTAND THAT MEN ARE NOT MADE OF IRON AND THAT EVEN IRON WEARS OUT

The father of the Oblate family frets about the welfare of his Oblates: Night and day the labours of our Fathers are on my mind and I cannot put it at rest. It is not possible that they are bearing … Continue reading

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ROLLING BALLS OF FIRE IN DANGER OF BURNOUT

Receiving news of the zealous preaching and ministry of the Oblates during the jubilee celebrations in Aix, Eugene responded: The news that you give me about the Jubilee of Aix is murderous. It is not possible for our Brothers to … Continue reading

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AN APPEAL FOR REST BETWEEN PARISH MISSIONS

I insist that each one takes a rest of fifteen days between one mission and another. Letter to Pierre Mie, 3 December 1824, quoted by Rey I page 340 The zeal of the young Missionaries had to be nurtured. On … Continue reading

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YOU ACT AS IF YOU DO NOT HAVE A BODY

Eugene was always concerned about the health of the Oblates, but never concerned about his own. Here, the community of Aix tries to convince him that he must not pretend that he does not have a body with needs. Rey … Continue reading

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AFTER A MISSION YOU MUST FEEL THE NEED TO BE RECOLLECTED AND TO THINK A LITTLE OF YOURSELF

As proud as Eugene was of his young Missionaries and their zealous achievements, he also worried that they would burn themselves out because of their generosity. After a mission, it is good to spend several days in a regular community. … Continue reading

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GUIDING A GROUP OF YOUNG ENTHUSIASTS

Even though the major part of Eugene’s time and energy were now spent on serving the Church in Marseille, his foremost preoccupation was always the Missionary Oblates. As Founder and Superior General he took an active interest in everything connected … Continue reading

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THE NEED FOR REST IN SPITE OF MISSIONARY ENTHUSIASM

Having scolded the young Marius Suzanne for not taking sufficient care of his health, Eugene had asked him to rest a bit longer in Aix. There, however, the young priest could not contain his missionary enthusiasm, and gave himself to … Continue reading

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AIM AT LESS BRILLIANCE AND INSIST MORE ON SOUNDNESS FOR THE MISSIONARIES

The leader of one group of missionaries (Eugene) writes to the leader of another group of missionaries (Forbin Janson) and shares professional advice. The occasion is the preaching visit of Brother Hilaire from Janson’s institute, the Missionaries of France. Eugene … Continue reading

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