December 19: A Bishop Close to His People

A Bishop Close to His People             In 1837, during the pastoral visit of “La Ciotat” after a lunch that was “annoying as ever”, he takes a stroll through the town. “I was followed by a group of people and I heard whispering: ‘How gracious! And they said he was haughty’.” “How could they give…

December 18: A Bishop Close to His People

A Bishop Close to His People From the diary of St. Eugene de Mazenod… If mornings such as this one has been, and indeed many others too, were to occur too often, I fell that I would not be able to continue. It is not merely a question of giving money, but to be faced…

December 17, St. Lazarus

Sanctify Myself to Sanctify My Flock             St. Eugene firmly believed in the tradition that St. Lazarus with Martha and Mary had taken refuge in Provence and had become the first bishop of Marseille. He always considered it an honor to be his successor. During the retreat in preparation for taking possession of the episcopal…

December 16: Jean Wauthier (1926-1967)

Jean Wauthier (1926-1967) : Martyr in Laos He was born in the diocese of Cambrai in northern France, and entered the novitiate at Pontmain in 1944. With a robust physique, and a very high moral rectitude, it’s no wonder that when drafted for military service, he chose the paratroopers. After returning to the seminary at Solignac,…

December 15: Total Abandonment to God’s Will

Total Abandonment to God’s Will To Father Jean-François Allard, who complained about the appointment Father Eugène Guigues as bishop, the Founder gives one of his longer and clearer lessons on the acceptance of God’s will: In this lowly world, my dear friend, one must not be too exclusive in one’s opinions when not knowing how…

December 14: Thoughts on the Will of God

Thoughts on the Will of God             On the eve of his ordination to the priesthood, St. Eugene aims decisively to always follow God’s will: My God, that is all over henceforth and for my whole life. You, you alone will be the sole object to which will tend all my affections and my every…

December 13 : We Will Help Each Other

We Will Help Each Other             December 13, 1815, St. Eugene wrote his third letter to Father Tempier, explaining once again that his presence was essential to the birth of the new community of missionaries.    My heart felt a presentiment, my dear, good friend and brother, that you were the man the good God…

December 12: Lacombe

Lacombe December 12, 1916, Fr. Albert Lacombe died at the age of 89. He was one of the legendary missionaries of the Canadian West: a pioneer, a peacemaker between fighting tribes, the mediator in the insurrections of the Amerindians, the facilitator of the Trans Canadian railroad, an evangelizer in the front lines. In 1885 the…

December 11 : A Filial Relationship with Mary

A Filial Relationship with Mary    The Founder was 72 years old. The December of 1854 and of the following years were his great earthly celebration, both as pastor of the Church of Marseille, and as the son of Mary, and especially as Father of the Congregation that bore the name of the Immaculate. For…

December 10: Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto

Blessed Virgin Mary of Loreto             The Shrine of Loreto is built on the site where, according to legend, the home of the Virgin Mary was miraculously transported by angels. This shrine dates back to the fourth century, and is one of the oldest. Even today the basilica is the destination of many pilgrimages. Eugene…

December 9: Richard Hanley (1972-1974)

Richard Hanley (1972-1974) Eighth Superior General             Father Richard Hanley was elected Superior General of the Congregation, on May 9, 1972 for a term of six years, the first Superior General to be elected for a term. He succeeded Father Leo Deschâtelets. Born in Jamaica, in the diocese of Brooklyn, USA, February 22, 1931, he…

December 8: Mary Immaculate, Patroness of the Congregation

St. Eugene Assists at the Definition of the Dogma of the Immaculate Conception   On the eve of the proclamation of the dogma, St. Eugene wrote two letters to the pope in which he encouraged him not let himself be influenced by those who opposed a definition, finding it inconvenient….    “So, I beg you…