Daily Inspirations

Quote of the day

Do then what you have been commissioned to do.

St. Eugene de Mazenod

Reflection of the day

April 20 – Blessed Michel Coquelet OMI

On April 20, 1961, Blessed Michel Coquelet OMI was making his rounds at Ban Huay Nhèn. Guerrilla soldiers came to arrest him with the leader of the Christian village and his secretary and took them on the road to Ban Sop Xieng. Father Coquelet and his companions were killed by the roadside.

At the time of his ordination he had written to the Superior General:

“I volunteer for the Missions, and especially for the Mission of Laos! I have had this desire since the novitiate, where I remember being impressed by a conference of Father Morin, who later died there of typhus. There was something supernatural radiating from this Father, and such intensity when talking to us about his “poor Mission” of Laos, that was so much in line with the Congregation, I felt ready to follow him there. Easy enthusiasm of the young? Maybe. But there must have been something else, since it still continues after seven years, and this thought helped me in my life of work and prayer in the seminary.” Blessed Michel Coquelet OMI

Weekly anecdote

The Miracle Worker of Corsica

Father Charles Dominique Albini was not yet fifty when he died, but he left an extraordinary reputation of sanctity. He was born in Menton, near Nice in France on September 20, 1790, and died at Vico on May 20, 1839. He was ordained to the priesthood in 1814 and entered the Oblates 10 years later. This “holy man of God” preached equally well in French and in Italian. Father Hippolyte Guibert, who later became Cardinal of Paris, said of his Oblate companion: “He is a man whom God had predestined for Corsica. He has gained over the people, by his zeal and virtues, an extraordinary power. He has but to open his mouth and a whole country is overwhelmed.” Here are two anecdotes: (more…)

Weekly photograph

Pope John Paul II – during the Canonization Mass of St. Eugene de Mazenod (03-12-1995)
Photo – www.omiworld.org

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