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RESTING IN THE LORD

Celebrating the Incarnation of Jesus Christ and rejoicing in his presence, Eugene sends Christmas greetings: This is all I can say to you on this holy day spent entirely in church. I officiated yesterday at First Vespers, then during the … Continue reading

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THE EPISCOPAL CHARACTER OF EUGENE DE MAZENOD

Election day for the President of the Republic. I went to vote. The entire staff stood up to receive my vote. This act of respect for the character with which I am invested edified me. Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 10 … Continue reading

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TAKE PARTICULAR CARE OF THE BROTHERS

In 1816, at the beginning of our Congregation, all the members were diocesan priests because its aim was mission preaching and dispensing the sacraments. In 1818 when we became a religious congregation, the situation changed and the Oblate vocation was … Continue reading

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I WAS DEEPLY AFFECTED BY THIS LOSS AS I AM BY THE LOSS OF ALL THOSE FOR WHOM I AM A FATHER IN JESUS CHRIST

Bishop Eugene regarded himself as much a father of his diocesan clergy as he did of the Oblates. This was especially the case if he been the bishop who ordained them to the priesthood. In his Diary he notes his … Continue reading

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IF IT IS GOD WHO INSPIRES IT, HE WILL BLESS HIS WORK, IF NOT, IT WILL FADE AWAY LIKE OTHERS WHICH DO NOT COME FROM HIM

Eugene had always been a promotor of youth ministry and this continued when he was Bishop of Marseille. He noted in his diary an event concerning three of his diocesan priests who consecrated themselves to youth ministry in his diocese. … Continue reading

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BEING OBLATE IS A JOURNEY OF BECOMING

The OMI’s usually renewed their vows on November 1 during the Founder’s lifetime. Because there were 30 Oblate seminarians at the Major Seminary (studying and living with the diocesan students) the ceremony was held at the Seminary. Customary attendance at … Continue reading

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THE POPE WAS INFINITELY TOUCHED BY THE CONDUCT OF FRANCE

With the tense situation around the welfare of Pope Pius IX, in exile in Gaeta, France sent an emissary of the government to invite him to take refuge in Marseilles. Eugene narrated: In short, the Pope was infinitely touched by … Continue reading

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THE POPE GAVE ME HIS PERSONAL BLESSING, WHILE IMPLORING ME TO PRAY AND TO HAVE PRAYERS SAID FOR HIM

In November 1848 the situation deteriorated and the Pope had been forced to leave Rome. Eugene and the people of Marseilles renewed their invitation to him to take shelter in their city and many were convinced of his imminent arrival. … Continue reading

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MY DWELLING, AS WELL AS THE HEARTS OF ALL OUR PEOPLE, WILL BE THROWN OPEN TO YOU

The aftermath of the 1848 Revolution had dramatic consequences for Pope Pius IX who was threatened by violent upheavals. Eugene wrote to him: If I could only ease for an instant the burden of the Church’s sorrows which press so … Continue reading

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ONE HAS TO BE GENEROUS TO HELP THOSE WHO SUFFER PERSECUTION FOR THE SAKE OF JUSTICE

In earlier entries we reflected on the effects of the 1848 Revolution in France and in Marseilles in particular. It was a revolution that had far-reaching consequences throughout Europe and especially for the Church, as Eugene noted in his diary: … Continue reading

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