Author Archives: Eleanor Rabnett

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Oblate Associate

GOING DEEPER … WHAT MAKES COMMUNITY

On September 19, 1837 Eugene wrote to Fr. Courtes in Aix on how to give up the hospital chaplaincy at Aix. “… This should be achieved at any cost because there is too great a disadvantage in going against the … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … AN INVITATION TO BE A PART OF THE CELEBRATION

In September of 1837 Eugene writes to Fr. Guigues about the day-to-day running of a community and about the many small things that need to occur, including the type of hymnal for mission and how the Brothers are to be … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER …. ALL SAINTS DAY – A DAY FOR ALL OF US

This morning, as I read St. Eugene’s letter of September 7, 1837 to Fr. Courtès, superior of the Mission in Aix I remembered that today is the Feast of All Saints.  Eugene wrote: “L.J.C. and M.I. This time, dear friend, … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER ..THERE IS NOTHING MORE REASSURING THAN TO BE WHERE THE GOOD LORD PLACES US

When Cholera reached Aix at the end of August in 1837, Eugene wrote to Fr. Courtes to have courage and to trust in God.  A short letter but very strong in direction. “Courage, my good Courtès, there is nothing more … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … FILLING A NEED TO BE EMBRACED AND TO EMBRACE

Eugene continues to write many Oblates in the business of the day, never failing to mention the toll that Cholera is taking on the city.  On August 31, 1837 he wrote to Father Guigues, superior at N.-D. de L’Osier : … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … GIVING WHAT I HAD TO GIVE

August 25 1837 finds Eugene writing to Father Courtes in Aix to let him know that Cholera has taken possession of Marseilles.  He wrote: “You are well aware of our cruel scourge, I shall not speak of it to you. … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … IT IS FOR THIS THAT I HAVE BEEN CREATED

On July 26 1837 Eugene wrote a letter to his mother encouraging her to accept the decision of Louis de Boisgelin to enter the Jesuits and stating how one cannot oppose God’s call. “Nothing more natural, my dear mother, than … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … GRATEFUL FOR THE LIFE I HAVE BEEN GIVEN TO LIVE

Eugene wrote a very short letter to Fr. Tempier noting the return of Cholera to Marseilles but equally stating he was unafraid. “Your cholera and your epidemic do not frighten me at all. I have always regretted that I did … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … UNABLE TO CONTROL MY THOUGHTS

St. Eugene de Mazenod wrote a short letter to Father Tempier on the 24th of July detailing the reason he had burnt a piece of paper containing reproaches uncharitably made to a penitent. “I shall not end my letter without … Continue reading

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GOING DEEPER … BEING ABLE TO FIND WONDERS IN THE ORDINARY

On July 23, 1837 Eugene wrote a long letter to Father Tempier detailing the business of the day and mentioning his journey from Notre Dame du Laus to St-Martin-des-Pallières; reply to Father Tempier’s letter on various matters concerning Father Delestrade, … Continue reading

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