Category Archives: WRITINGS

PAUSE

Due to the end of the academic year at Oblate School of Theology, there will be a pause in these reflections until June 7. A reminder that all the 2503 previously published entries on the writings of Saint Eugene are … Continue reading

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IF YOU HAVE FAILED IN A TRIAL SO WEAK AS THIS, WHAT WILL YOU DO IN THE MIDST OF THE OBSTACLES OF A DIFFICULT MISSION?

Father Bermond had begged Eugene to be sent to Canada as one of the pioneer missionaries, but Eugene had reasons to hesitate and so did not include him. In the previous entry we saw how Bermond had resisted to be … Continue reading

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THOSE WHO HAVE THE HABIT OF COMPLAINING WHEN IT IS A MATTER OF THEIR PERSONAL PREFERENCE

Eugene’s role as leader of the Oblate Congregation meant that he had to distribute the Oblates according to the needs of the missions we were caring for. In some cases, he encountered difficulties because of personal likes and dislikes of … Continue reading

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LAITY ASSOCIATED WITH THE OBLATES IN MISSION AND IN SPIRITUAL BENEFITS

Writing to the benefactors who had been so generous to the Oblate missionaries in Canada, Eugene wrote to express his gratitude. A gratitude not expressed only in words, but in the action of making them Associates in all the spiritual … Continue reading

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THE GENEROSITY OF OUR LAY ASSOCIATES

From the first day of our existence as Oblates, our missionary successes would not have been possible without the presence and assistance of our lay supporters. Twenty six years later, this was proved true in Canada just months after the … Continue reading

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OUR DUTY IN RESPONSE TO THIS REMARKABLE FAVOUR IS TO NEGLECT NOTHING IN TRAINING RELIGIOUS WHO ARE FIT TO SERVE THE CHURCH AND SOCIETY

The Oblates were experiencing a growth in vocations. God’s gift in calling new members required a response of gratitude expressed in generosity in caring for and developing the growth of these young men. There is no sacrifice we should not … Continue reading

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HOW COULD MY HEART NOT BEAT AT THE MEMORY OF THESE ADMIRABLE PERSONS WHO DEVOTED THEIR SPARE TIME TO MY RELIGIOUS INSTRUCTION, AND WHO FORMED ME IN VIRTUE?

Venice was a place that recalled harsh memories for Eugene of difficulties of being an exile, of the separation of his parents, of financial deprivation and of fear of the revolutionary armies of France. We needed to distract ourselves from … Continue reading

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OH! YES, HIS SOUL IS IN HEAVEN, I SEEM TO HEAR EACH ONE RESPOND TO ME

On his journey to Italy with his sister, Eugene revisited Venice. He had spent three years there some 50 years earlier as a young adolescent. Arrived in Venice. The day did not go by without our going to visit the … Continue reading

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IT CONCERNS THE WELL-BEING OF THOSE WHO HAVE A RIGHT TO MY AFFECTION AND TO MY DEVOTION

Eugene’s sister, Nathalie, had five children. One had died in 1825 at the age of 12, the other in 1829 at the age of 19 and now the third, Louis de Boisgelin had just died at the age of 27. … Continue reading

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THE JOY OF SENSING THAT ONE BELONGS TO THIS CATHOLIC CHURCH, WHICH HAS GOD FOR FATHER AND ALL BAPTIZED PERSONS AS BROTHERS AND SISTERS

In communion with the suffering Catholics in Spain, which we have seen above, Eugene wrote a pastoral letter to his diocese. Yes, my dearly beloved brethren, you cannot merely watch without taking interest in the sad situation. A portion of … Continue reading

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