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LET’S BE PATIENT AND WAIT UNTIL THE GOOD GOD GIVES THE ORDER

Father Telmon was a missionary fireball whose enthusiasm knew no limits. We will come across many examples of this in later entries. His enthusiasm was not always practical, however, as this entry in Eugene’a diary shows. Letter from Father Telmon … Continue reading

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SURELY THEY HAVE TO WORK BUT THEY MUST ALSO PRAY AND BE INSTRUCTED

What Eugene wrote about the Brothers holds true, where applicable, to all the vocations within the Mazenodian Family: I reply that I have always considered it an injustice to make men, who have come to us to become religious, work … Continue reading

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OUR LAY MEMBERS ARE NOT TO BE REGARDED AS DOMESTICS

Eugene de Mazenod founded the Missionaries in 1816 as a group of priests to conduct preaching and sacramental ministry for the most abandoned in Provence – priestly ministry. Soon, laymen felt called to the apostolic religious life and mission of … Continue reading

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NO WITNESSING APOSTOLIC COMMUNITY – NO VOCATIONS

After a year of the Oblate missionaries’ presence in Canada, they had made such an impression that three diocesan priests had come forward to join them. Each of these priests, Fathers Dandurand, Léonard and F. Durocher, would play a major … Continue reading

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A VOYAGE TO AFRICA

Eugene wrote in his diary: Yesterday, the bishop of Algiers unexpectedly entered my office. The bishop extraordinarily urged me to accompany him to Algiers on his return from Pavia, where he is going to take a notable relic of Saint … Continue reading

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THE GOOD SPIRIT, THE PRINCIPAL SPIRIT, IS THAT WHICH WE RECEIVE FROM YOU WHO LEAD US TO SERVE THE CHURCH

Eugene quoted part of a letter that he had received. In it Father Courtès made a very important statement about the “spirit” of the missionary family that had come into existence through Eugene de Mazenod who was always regarded as … Continue reading

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REMEMBRANCE AND GRATITUDE FOR OUR DECEASED LOVED ONES

Anniversary of the death of my father. Requiem Mass in spite of my confidence that our Lord had long since granted him entry into his holy Paradise. This commemoration is a duty, which does not mean that I wait for … Continue reading

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I RECOGNIZE MY POWERLESSNESS TO CREATE AND I REMAIN AT PEACE.

In 1842-1843, the ten scholastics who were theology students and had been living at the Seminary of Marseilles until then, were sent to N.-D. de L’Osier. Father Guigues, the community superior was very unhappy because he needed more Oblates to … Continue reading

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IF WE DO GOD’S WILL WE SHALL SUCCEED AGAINST PEOPLES’ EXPECTATIONS AND IN SPITE OF THEM

Eugene’s confidence in God despite opposition: You are right in being resigned to what God will decide for you. He will never ask of us anything beyond what we can do. People are more demanding than God, but it is … Continue reading

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A PRISMATIC IMAGINATION WHICH EMBELLISHED EVERYTHING AND MADE EVERY PROSPECT APPEAR IN ITS MOST BRILLIANT SIDE

Father Daly was an optimist whose sense of judgement was to lead the Oblates into some trouble later on. It did, however, encourage the Oblates to invest themselves in this part of the world and to begin a highly successful … Continue reading

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