August 30: Saint Eugene as Seen by Cardinal Etchegaray

Saint Eugene as Seen by Cardinal Etchegaray             “A man with a passion for Jesus Christ and an ardent supporter of the Church”. This expression of Pope Paul VI, the day of the beatification of Bishop de Mazenod in 1975, defines well the Bishop of Marseilles and the founder of the Oblates of Mary Immaculate….

August 29: The Rule Will Make Us Saints

The Rule Will Make Us Saints             During his 31 years as General, Father Joseph Fabre, St. Eugene’s successor as head of the Congregation, constantly stressed the love of and fidelity to the Rules. He wrote six circular letters on their observance or non-observance, like these excerpts from one of them:             We would like…

August 28: Saint Augustine

In Saint Augustine’s Footsteps      “St. Augustine is one of the men (I am not thinking of him here in his capacity as a saint and doctor of the Church) whom I love best as he had a heart of the same calibre as my own, he understood what love means; when I read his…

August 27: Blessed Joseph Gerard and the Rule

Blessed Joseph Gerard and the Rule The observance of the Rule was one of the aspects on which Blessed Gerard constantly insisted.      As a soldier, [the Oblate] has also his banner; his motto is that of my Lord Jesus Christ: Evangelizare pauperibus misit me, pauperes evangelizantur. That is his mission, and what a mission…

August 26: Bishop de Mazenod as Seen by the Bishops of His Time

Bishop de Mazenod as Seen by the Bishops of His Time      He really was a holy bishop, who lived only for the glory of God and the salvation of souls. In his apostolate he accomplished great works. It is largely due to the zeal advocated by its holy bishop and his constant work that…

August 25: St. Joseph Calasanz

To See Oneself in St. Joseph Calasanz During his first stay in Rome St. Eugene was able to learn more about the life of St. Joseph Calasanz (1556-1648). What impressed him above all were the difficulties that the saint had to go through in founding his religious congregation, the Piarists. St. Eugene found a deep…

August 24: St. Eugene as Seen by Adolfo Taviernier

St. Eugene as Seen by Adolfo Taviernier I was thirteen when one day a friend of my family came to say that the Abbe de Mazenod invited and welcomed the youth of Aix at his place, that he was dedicating himself to training them in virtue and helping them to know and love religion. I…

August 23: The Rule – God alone is Unquestionably the Author

The Rule: God alone is Unquestionably the Author The retreat that St. Eugene made in October 1831 had as its object a meditation on the Rules. He wrote a little booklet, “Considerations on the Rule”. Here is something from the beginning. Careful reading of the Rule during the retreat filled my mind with astonishment and…

August 22: Carmelo Conti Guglia – an Oblate among the Hippies

Carmelo Conti Guglia, an Oblate among the Hippies             He is the Italian Oblate who lived the longest in the history of the Province. Born in Sicily, December 12, 1910, he made his first religious profession when he was 17 years old. Sociology professor, preacher of popular missions and spiritual exercises, he soon came into…

August 21: Maurice Lefebvre – Martyr in Bolivia

Maurice Lefebvre (1922-1971) Martyr in Bolivia                 He was born in Montreal, Canada, August 6, 1922. He entered the Oblates in 1953 and received an obedience to Bolivia. A few days after his arrival he writes: “This is my country, my love. My first duty is to love our miners and, above all, our people….

August 20: Jacques Joseph Marcou (1799-1826)

Jacques Joseph Marcou (1799-1826) One of the First Oblates August 20, 1826, Jacques Joseph Marcou, one of the first Oblates, died. On August 20, 1838, St. Eugene, who every year remembered the anniversary of his death, wrote this about him in his diary: He was one of the first seven who made up the youth…

August 19: Saint Eugene as Remembered by Timon-David

Saint Eugene as Remembered by Timon-David            One day, I had a heavy heart; worries about my youth work have always burdened me. I said to myself, “I will go to the bishop’s house!” Monseigneur was at St. Louis. I took a carriage and arrived. No one at the door, everything…