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Monday, May 16, 2016

CYNTHIA ABEGAIL'S COLUMN: HISTORY/ST EUGENE DE MAZENOD

Eugene de Mazenod was born into a noble family in 1782
in southern France. The family were refugees in Italy
and Sicily after fleeing the French revolution. During
this time and for about twelve years, life has been a
struggle in difficulties.

In 1802, Eugene embraced a frivolous life. On the other
hand, on Good Friday 1807, he experienced a deep
conversion before the crucifix in the church of Aix.
He was enlightened about the spiritual and material
situation in France. He entered the seminary and was
ordained in 1811.

Eugene de Mazenod preached with zeal, visited prisoners
and offered the poor a sense of dignity. In 1826, the
Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate was founded
and approved

The Preface to the Rules of his Congregation reads:

"We must spare no effort to extend the Saviour's empire
and to destroy the dominion of hell. We must check the
manifold evil of sin and establish the honoured observance
of every virtue. We must lead men to act like human beings
first of all, and then like Christians, and finally, we must
help them to become saints."

He died on 21 May 1861 and the Church recognised his devoted
life of virtue. He was declared a saint on 3 December 1995.
Source: Litany of Prayer. Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
3-4.
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