Monthly Archives: June 2015

GOING DEEPER … INTO THE BALDEST OF TRUTHS

August 23 1835 found yet another letter from Eugene to Fr. Tempier, in which he expresses his wishes not to write to the King and the Minister and how he will not accept being named as coadjutor bishop or titular … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER IN THE JOY THAT IS LIVING IN GOD

  I continue with the letter that Eugene wrote to Fr. Tempier on August 16, 1835 about a young man, Jean Joseph-Marie Lagier who was in formation to become an Oblate. “Speaking of Father Lagier, I can tell you that … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … ALL THAT MATTERS IS NOT WHO I LOVE BUT HOW I LOVE

As Eugene reflects on how the young Oblates gave of themselves in Aix to serve those who were dying of cholera I take a look at my own life and how I have given of myself in  love. “It is … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … WITH PRAYER BEING THE ONLY COURSE OPEN TO ME

Eugene wrote to Fr. Tempier sharing some very personal fears and doubts, recollections and insights as he reflected on what the cholera epidemic was doing throughout the countryside.  The letter paints a vivid image of how the Oblates were living … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER AND LIVING IN THE FREEDOM OF OBEDIENCE

  August 1, 1835 Eugene wrote to his uncle, Bishop Fortune de Mazenod who was the Bishop of Marseilles.  He badly wanted to be able to return to Aix Marseilles so as to be in the thick of it with … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER AND MOVING FROM BEING HALF ALIVE AND GLOOMY TO SITTING IN JOY WITH OTHERS

  During Eugene’s stay at Notre Dame du Laus  where he was staying out of obedience to keep out of harm’s way from the cholera epidemic he  found himself missing his community, especially those that he was incredibly close to … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … WHAT SO EVER WE DO TO THE LEAST OF OUR BROTHERS AND SISTERS

Eugene wrote a long letter to Fr. Guigues at Notre Dame de l’Osier at the beginning of August 1835 detailing quite graphically what the Oblate priests and brothers were doing in Marseilles and Aix to minister to those who were … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … WHEN PRESENCE AND LISTENING IS ALL THERE IS TO OFFER

I include a large part of Eugene’s letter to Fr. Tempier on July 31, 1835 only because it gives light to the inner struggle and sorrow that he was experiencing.  This is due part to his having been stripped of … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER AND AWAITING A RESPONSE BORN OUT OF LOVE

On July 26 1835 Eugene wrote a short letter to Fr. Tempier in Marseilles about the timeliness of his returning to Marseilles.  It must be remembered that Eugene was no longer a citizen of France and was no longer the … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … WAITING FOR A RESPONSE BORN OUT OF LOVE

Eugene wrote to his mother on July 20, 1835 urging  her to join her daughter Eugenie at St-Martin and to take Eugenie’s children with her in order to stay safe from the cholera epidemic.  He also was considering what to … Continue reading

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