Monthly Archives: August 2015

GOING DEEPER … WITH OPPORTUNITIES TO LOVE

In January 1837 Eugene wrote a rather long letter Father Courtès in Aix speaking of the many elements of Missions that were being given – what to do on which days, all of which had been approved by the Bishops … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … IMMENSE LOVE IN AND THROUGH GOD

Eugene’s spirits seem to pick up in one sense in his letter of January 11, 1837 to Father H. Guibert, at Ajaccio in spite of the fact that he is writing after receiving notification that one of the Oblates in … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … BEING TRUE TO MYSELF AS CREATED BY GOD

January 9 1837 found Eugene writing a rather long letter to Father Joseph Martin at Billens in Switzerland.  He wrote about his reflections on religious who are unfaithful to their vocation, the reasons they said they were leaving and of … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … LOVE GIVEN AND RECEIVED – NEVER ONE WITHOUT THE OTHER

Mid December St. Eugene wrote to Fr. Guigues who was then the Superior of Notre Dame de l’Osier.  He gave an update on his illness which he had been experiencing for almost two months as he suffered with fevers and … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … LOVE CHOOSES US

December 1836 found Eugene writing a letter to one of his priests who was threatening to leave the Congregation unless he was given different work to do. “To me your letter is a thorough scandal and I see it as … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … INTO THE ENORMITY OF GOD’S LOVE

On October 14, 1836 Eugene de Mazenod wrote to one of the Oblates who seemed to be having problems with others in his community.  His treatment of them showed a remarkable lack of respect and love both to his community … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … AND BEING BLESSED WITH JOY & GRATITUDE IN EQUAL PROPORTIONS

On September 8, 1836 Eugene wrote the following letter to Father Courtès, at Aix. “I don’t want to let Father Mouchel go off without a brief word for your ear. In the first place I commend this Father to you, … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … AND LAVISHED WITH LOVE

September 3, 1836 found Eugene writing to his mother and keeping her abreast of the news of his life as well as some of the Oblates which she knew.  He also wrote of a visitor he had and the effect this person … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … AND RECOGNIZING MY OWN SELF

Again this morning I open for reflection St. Eugene’s letter to Fr. Courtes of October 1, 1836 and find in it words that seem to speak to my earlier reflection which began with Frank Santucci’s blog. There is a simple … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … WHO CAN OFFER RESISTANCE TO THE VERY POWER OF GOD?

In September of 1836, Eugene wrote a short letter to Father Casimir Aubert at Aix in response to Fr. Aubert’s complaints about moving to Aix.  He wrote:  “…Who can offer resistance to the very power of God? The ways of … Continue reading

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