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FORTUNÉ DE MAZENOD NAMED BISHOP OF MARSEILLE

On 13 January 1823 Eugene’s 73 year-old uncle, Fortuné de Mazenod, was named Bishop of Marseille. It was a step that was to change the life of Eugene. This nomination was a cause of rejoicing among the Missionaries, as the … Continue reading

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WE MUST LEAVE OURSELVES IN THE HANDS OF DIVINE PROVIDENCE AND PRAY GOD TO DIRECT EVENTS

1822 was the year when Marseille was on the map with the movement to restore the Diocese of Marseille, which the French Revolution had closed. There had been no bishop present for 21 years as this territory was administered by … Continue reading

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A DOSE OF REALISM

Having agreed to send some of his Missionaries to Marseille to do youth ministry with the orphans, Eugene was surprised when the Archbishop began to insist that they also had to take over the responsibility for the ministry of the … Continue reading

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GOD CALLS THRU CONCRETE EVENTS

My uncle informed me about the proposal of the Members of the Work of Providence. If I understood it well, these men would want to know if we could undertake the direction of the poor people that their charity has … Continue reading

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THE RULE: PUTTING A LIVED EXPERIENCE INTO WORDS

Eugene spent 13 days at St Laurent, compiling a Rule of 55 hand-written pages. His early biographer, Jeancard, described him poetically as being like Moses “going up to Mount Sinai to receive the Commandments of God.” This was not quite … Continue reading

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SERVING OTHERS AS AN OCCASION OF MEETING WITH GOD

Eugene finds himself ill because of overwork and hyperactivity. Now, in this time of prayer, he reflects on his lifestyle and his attitudes. The countless demands of the mission will continue, but they have to be transformed into moments of … Continue reading

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FINE TUNING HIS ATTITUDE TO MINISTRY: BE MORE ATTENTIVE TO GOD’S INNER VOICE

Continuing his retreat reflection, one sees here Eugene’s conviction that one has to “be” in order to “do.” In evaluating the good that has clearly emerged from his foundation of the youth congregation and that of the missionaries, he evaluates … Continue reading

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THANKS TO THE GRACE OF GOD, THE LIFE AND MINISTRY OF THE SMALL GROUP BEGINS TO TAKE A MORE DEFINITE SHAPE

Leflon tells us that on 13 May 1816, “Madame Gontier surrendered the use of the entire Carmelite house to Father de Mazenod, in exchange for a financial consideration, since her boarding school was in bad straits.” (Volume 2, p. 44). … Continue reading

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OBLATION: WHAT YOU WANT IS WHAT WE WANT

Briefly put. Father Tempier and I felt that we should not delay any longer, and on Holy Thursday (April 11, 1816), when both of us had taken our place under the structure of the beautiful repository we had erected over … Continue reading

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THE MISSIONARY: IN THE UNFOLDING WILL OF GOD

 In this important document to of 25 January 1816 that we have been reflecting on, we see the seeds of all the major areas of growth that Eugene was to nurture till his last day of life, and which still … Continue reading

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