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Thought for the Day – 21 May

Thought for the Day – 21 May

“I have a sensitive and excessive heart”
In the personal view that he presented to his spiritual director, on entering the major seminary in 1808, this characteristic was a very good reflection of his personality.   Eugene was a “man of heart”.   He loved passionately, as he himself admitted.   He loved his family. “I am an idolater of my family… I would allow myself to be beaten with an axe for certain of its individuals… I would give my life for them without hesitation” he once wrote.  This tendency of love for his family was equally manifested in behalf of the children of his religious family, the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.   His most ardent desire was to see them love one another as brothers.   This intent was so profound within him that he inscribed it in his spiritual testament.   On his deathbed, May 21, 1861, to a few Oblates by his side awaiting a parting instruction from their venerated father, Bishop de Mazenod repeated three times, as if to be well understood: “Charity, charity, charity”.

This great capacity for love allowed St Eugene to open that loving heart to the grace of God which bore rich fruit in his life.   That required a certain amount of flexibility as well as courage to face the problems every growing group encounters.   We look to saints like Eugene not to borrow their love, courage and zeal but, with God’s grace, to discover our own, always seeking first God’s kingdom (see Matthew 6:33).   And a thought that fills us with hope, our passionate love, may just be the impetus and grace of God which forces us to rush headlong into His work and to convert that love into charity too!

St Eugene Pray for us!

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Quote/s of the Day – 21 May

Quote/s of the Day – 21 May

“I had looked for happiness outside of God
but outside of Him I had found only affliction
and disappointment.”

“What more glorious occupation than to act
in everything and for everything only for God,
to love Him above all else,
to love Him all the more,
as one who has loved Him too late.”

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“To love the Church
is to love Jesus Christ
and vice versa.”

“We glorify God in the masterpiece
of His power and love…
it is the Son whom we honour
in the person of His Mother.”

St Eugene de Mazenod – Saint of the Day

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One Minute Reflection – 21 May – May the Lord make you overflow with love

One Minute Reflection – 21 May – The Memorial of St Eugene de Mazenod (1782-1861)

May the Lord make you overflow with love for one another and for all………….1 Thes 3:12

REFLECTION – “I find my happiness in pastoral work.   It is for this that I am a bishop and not to write books, still less to pay court to the great, or to waste my time among the rich.   It is true…that this is not the way to become a cardinal but if one could become a saint, would it not be better still?”…St Eugene de Mazenod (1782-1861)1 thes 3 12 - may the lord make you overflow - i find my happiness in pastoral work - st eugene de mazenod 21 may 2019


PRAYER – Loving Father, grant me the grace to strive after perfect love. Help me to bring forth frequents acts of love so that I may grow in this greatest of virtues. St Eugene you overflowed with love, they said your heart was as big as the world, please pray for us all, eugene de mazenod pray for us 21 may 2019



Our Morning Offering – 21 May

Our Morning Offering – 21 May

O Mary!
By St John XXIII

O Mary, your name has been on my lips
and in my heart from my early infancy.
When I was a child I learned to love you as a Mother,
turn to you in danger and trust your intercession.
You see in my heart the desire to know the truth,
to practice virtue, to be prudent and just, strong and patient, a brother to all.
O Mary, help me to keep to my purpose of living as a faithful disciple of Jesus,
for the building up of the Christian society and the joy of the holy Catholic Church.
I greet you, Mother, morning and evening;
I pray to you as I go on my way;
from you I hope for the inspiration and encouragement
that will enable me to fulfill the sacred promises of my earthly vocation,
give glory to God, and win eternal salvation.
O Mary! Like you in Bethlehem and on Golgotha,
I too wish to stay always close to Jesus.
He is the eternal King of all ages and all peoples.

o mary - st john XXIII

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Saint of the Day – 21 May – St Eugene de Mazenod O.M.I.

Saint of the Day – 21 May – St Eugene de Mazenod O.M.I. (1 August 1782 at Aix-en-Provence, southern France as Charles Joseph Eugene de Mazenod – • 21 May 1861 at Marseille, France of cancer)  • on 12 December 1936, his body was exhumed and found to be intact;  • part of his heart is venerated at Blessed Sacrament Chapel at the Oblate-owned Lourdes Grotto of the Southwest in San Antonio, Texas, USA.  Bishop, Founder of the Congregation of Missionaries Oblates of Mary Immaculate, Missionary, Writer, Preacher, Evangeliser.  Known as a “second Paul”.

CHARLES JOSEPH EUGENE DE MAZENOD came into a world that was destined to change very quickly.   Born in Aix-en-Provence in the south of France on August 1, 1782, he seemed assured of position and wealth from his family, who were of the minor nobility. However, the turmoil of the French Revolution changed all that forever.   When Eugene was just eight years old his family fled France, leaving their possessions behind, and started a long and increasingly difficult eleven year exile.

The Years in Italy

The Mazenod family, political refugees, trailed through a succession of cities in Italy.    His father, who had been President of the Court of Accounts, Aids and Finances in Aix, was forced to try his hand at trade to support his family.   He proved to be a poor businessman and as the years went on the family came close to destitution.   Eugene studied briefly at the College of Nobles in Turin but a move to Venice meant the end to formal schooling.    A sympathetic priest, Don Bartolo Zinelli, living nearby, undertook to educate the young French emigre.    Don Bartolo gave the adolescent Eugene a fundamental education but with a lasting sense of God and a regimen of piety which was to stay with him always, despite the ups and downs of his life.    A further move to Naples, because of financial problems, led to a time of boredom and helplessness.    The family moved again, this time to Palermo where, thanks to the kindness of the Duke and Duchess of Cannizzaro, Eugene had his first taste of noble living and found it very much to his liking.    He took to himself the title of “Count” de Mazenod, did all the courtly things, and dreamed of a bright future.


Return to France: the Priesthood

In 1802, at the age of 20, Eugene was able to return to his homeland – and all his dreams and illusions were quickly shattered.    He was just plain “Citizen” de Mazenod, France was a changed world, his parents had separated, his mother was fighting to get back the family possessions.    She was also intent on marrying off Eugene to the richest possible heiress.    He sank into depression, seeing little real future for himself.    But his natural qualities of concern for others, together with the faith fostered in Venice began to assert themselves.    He was deeply affected by the disastrous situation of the French Church, which had been ridiculed, attacked and decimated by the Revolution.    A calling to the priesthood began to manifest itself and Eugene answered that call.    Despite opposition from his mother, he entered the seminary of St. Sulpice in Paris and on December 21, 1811, he was ordained a priest in Amiens.


Apostolic endeavours: Oblates of Mary Immaculate

Returning to Aix-en-Provence, he did not take up a normal parish appointment but started to exercise his priesthood in the care of the truly spiritually needy-prisoners, youth, servants, country villagers.   Often in the face of opposition from the local clergy, Eugene pursued his course.   Soon he sought out other equally zealous priests who were prepared to step outside the old, even outmoded, structures.   Eugene and his men preached in Provencal, the language of the common people, not in “educated” French. From village to village they went, instructing at the level of the people, spending amazingly long hours in the confessional.   In between these parish missions the group joined in an intense community life of prayer, study and fellowship. T  hey called themselves “Missionaries of Provence”.   However, so that there would be an assured continuity in the work, Eugene took the bold step of going directly to the Pope and asking that his group be recognised officially as a Religious Congregation of pontifical right.   His faith and his persistence paid off-and on February 17d, 1826, Pope Leo XII approved the new Congregation, the “Oblates of Mary Immaculate”.   Eugene was elected Superior General and continued to inspire and guide his men for 35 years, until his death. Together with their growing apostolic endeavours-preaching, youth work, care of shrines, prison chaplaincy, confessors, direction of seminaries, parishes – Eugene insisted on deep spiritual formation and a close community life.   He was a man who loved Christ with passion and was always ready to take on any apostolate if he saw it answering the needs of the Church.   The “glory of God, the good of the Church and the sanctification of souls” were impelling forces for him.

Bishop o f Marseilles

The Diocese of Marseilles had been suppressed after the 1802 Concordat and when it was re-established, Eugene’s aged uncle, Canon Fortune de Mazenod, was named Bishop.   He appointed Eugene Vicar General immediately and most of the difficult work of re-building the Diocese fell to him.   Within a few years, in 1832, Eugene himself was named auxiliary bishop.   His Episcopal ordination took place in Rome, in defiance of the pretensions of the French Government that it had the right to sanction all such appointments.   This caused a bitter diplomatic battle and Eugene was caught in the middle, with accusations, misunderstandings, threats and recriminations swirling around him.   It was an especially devastating time for him, further complicated by the growing pains of his religious family.   Though battered, Eugene steered ahead resolutely, and finally the impasse was broken.   Five years later, he was appointed to the See of Marseilles as its Bishop, when Bishop Fortune retired.

A heart as big as the world

Whilst he had founded the Oblates of Mary Immaculate primarily to serve the spiritually needy and deprived of the French countryside, Eugene’s zeal for the Kingdom of God and his devotion to the Church moved the Oblates to the advancing edge of the apostolate. His men ventured into Switzerland, England, Ireland.   Because of his zeal, Eugene had been dubbed “a second Paul,” and bishops from the missions came to him asking for Oblates for their expanding mission fields.   Eugene responded willingly despite small initial numbers and sent his men out to Canada, to the United States, to Ceylon (Sri Lanka), to South Africa, to Basutoland (Lesotho).   As missionaries in his mould, they fanned out preaching, baptising, caring.   They frequently opened up previously uncharted lands, established and manned many new dioceses and in a multitude of ways they “left nothing undared that the Kingdom of Christ might be advanced.”   In the years that followed, the Oblate mission thrust continued, so that today the impulse of Eugene de Mazenod is alive in his men in 68 different countries.

Pastor of his Diocese

During all this ferment of missionary activity, Eugene was an outstanding pastor of the Church of Marseilles-ensuring the best seminary training for his priests, establishing new parishes, building the city’s cathedral and the spectacular Shrine of Notre Dame de la Garde above the city, encouraging his priests to lives of holiness, introducing many Religious Congregations to work in the diocese, leading his fellow Bishops in support of the rights of the Pope. He grew into a towering figure in the French Church.   In 1856, Napoleon III appointed him a Senator and at his death he was the senior bishop of France.

Legacy of a Saint

May 21, 1861, saw Eugene de Mazenod returning to his God, at the age of 79, after a life crowded with achievements, many of them born in suffering.   For his religious family and for his diocese, he was a founding and life-giving source:  for God and for the Church, he was a faithful and generous son.   As he lay dying he left his Oblates a final testament, “Among yourselves-charity, charity, charity: in the world-zeal for souls.” The Church in declaring him a saint on December 3, 1995, crowns these two pivots of his living-love and zeal.   His life and his deeds remain for all a window unto God Himself. And that is the greatest gift that Eugene de Mazenod, Oblate of Mary Immaculate, can offer us.

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Saints – 21 May

Martyrs of the Mexican Revolution (Optional Memorial): The 1917 Mexican constitution was pointedly anti-clerical and anti-Church, and its adoption instituted years of violent religious persecution including expulsion of foreign priests, closing of parochial schools, and the murders of several priests and lay leaders who work to minister to the faithful and support religious freedom. 25 of them who died at different times and places but all as a result of this persecution were celebrated together. They each have separate memorials, but are also remembered as a group.

• Saint Agustin Caloca Cortes
• Saint Atilano Cruz Alvarado
• Saint Cristobal Magallanes Jara
• Saint David Galván-Bermúdez
• Saint David Roldán-Lara
• Saint David Uribe-Velasco
• Saint Jenaro Sánchez DelGadillo
• Saint Jesús Méndez-Montoya
• Saint Jose Isabel Flores Varela
• Saint José María Robles Hurtado
• Saint Julio álvarez Mendoza
• Saint Justino Orona Madrigal
• Saint Luis Batiz Sainz
• Saint Manuel Moralez
• Saint Margarito Flores-García
• Saint Mateo Correa-Magallanes
• Saint Miguel de la Mora
• Saint Pedro de Jesús Maldonado-Lucero
• Saint Pedro Esqueda Ramírez
• Saint Rodrigo Aguilar Alemán
• Saint Roman Adame Rosales
• Saint Sabas Reyes Salazar
• Saint Salvador Lara Puente
• Saint Toribio Romo González
• Saint Tranquilino Ubiarco Robles

Canonized: 21 May 2000 by Pope John Paul II

St Adalric of Bèze
Bl Adilio Daronch
St Ageranus of Bèze
St Ansuinus of Bèze
St Antiochus of Caesarea Philippi
St Bairfhion of Killbarron
St Berard of Bèze
St Collen of Denbighshire
St Donatus of Caesarea
St Eugene de Mazenod
St Eutychius of Mauretania
Bl Franz Jägerstätter
St Genesius of Bèze
St Godric of Finchale
Bl Hemming of Åbo
St Hospitius of Cap-Saint-Hospice
Bl Hyacinth-Marie Cormier
St Isberga of Aire
Bl Jean Mopinot
Bl Lucio del Rio
St Mancio of Évora
Bl Manuel Gómez González
St Nicostratus of Caesarea Philippi
Bl Pietro Parenzo
St Polieuctus of Caesarea
St Polius of Mauretania
St Restituta of Corsica
St Rodron of Bèze
St Secundinus of Cordova
St Secundus of Alexandria
St Serapion the Sindonite
St Sifrard of Bèze
Bl Silao
St Synesius
St Theobald of Vienne
St Theopompus
St Timothy of Mauretania
St Valens of Auxerre
St Vales
St Victorius of Caesarea

Martyrs of Egypt: Profile

Large number of bishops, priests, deacons and lay people banished when the Arian heretics seized the diocese of Alexandria, Egypt in 357 and drove out Saint Athanasius and other orthodox Christians. Many were old, many infirm, and many, many died of abuse and privations while on the road and in the wilderness. Very few survived to return to their homes in 361 when Julian the Apostate recalled all Christians; and then many of those later died in the persecutions of Julian.

Martyrs of Pentecost in Alexandria: An unspecified number of Christian clerics and lay people who, on Pentecost in 338, were rounded up by order of the Arian bishop and emperor Constantius, and were either killed or exiled for refusing to accept Arian teachings. 339 in Alexandria, Egypt