Some words from St. Eugene de Mazenod

Today Holy Mother Church remembers St. Eugene de Mazenod, who, because of his dedication the poor, the sick, and the marginalized, founded the Oblates of Mary Immaculate.

He founded 23 parishes, restored 50 churches, and restored discipline in the clergy. He also worked heavily with the youth in developing programs for their instruction. He is known widely for caring for retired priests.

He was appointed the bishop of Marseilles in 1837, and story goes that he was told, when he was given this assignment, that it was up to him to double the number of priests in his diocese.

Because he came from a situation of family conflict, he is the patron saint of dysfunctional families.

He also did a lot of writing…and here are some good lines a book of mine singles out:

  • “I am a priest for Christ…that sums it all up, nothing more need be said!”
  • “If you love the Church, you love Christ, and vice versa.”
  • “Leave no stone unturned in your quest for God’s eternal kingdom.”
  • “How should you conduct yourself if you want to follow in the footsteps of Jesus? You must strive to be saints…walk their same paths, renounce yourself completely, strive only for God’s glory, the good of the Church, and the salvation of souls.”
  • “We are all children of God…servants, farm workers, peasants, the poor, diseased, suffering…you are all co-heirs to the Kingdom. In you is an immortal soul that was made in God’s image…you are more precious in God’s eyes than all the riches on earth. Know that dignity!”

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