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Quote of the day
Desire what the good God indicates.St. Eugene de Mazenod
Reflection of the day
January 15 – “To give myself totally for the people…”
My impressions of Laos? I am delighted with my obedience, very happy to have arrived in this region and I have only one desire: to work here all my life, and, if God wants, to die here. It is a mission in the strictest sense of the word, a difficult mission, where the Father must live isolated, walking exhausted for days to visit the people, and when he is on the trail, subsisting on a frugal and poorly prepared diet… And then, how I need the grace to give myself totally for these people”.
Blessed Louis Leroy OMI, Martyr of Laos, January 1956.
Remember, O Sweet Virgin Mary
If you are over the age of fifty, you may remember a famous Oblate preacher, a great servant of Mary, who was fluent in French, but spoke with a slight foreign accent. Around 1945 he preached a “Month of Mary” that was very much appreciated in the parishes of Saint-Sauveur in Quebec, Saint-Pierre in Montreal as well as in the Cathedral of Saint-Jean. During a Novena in honor of the Assumption, at Cap-de-la Madeleine, he enthralled thousands of pilgrims with his unctuous phrases and his Marian anecdotes. You may have recognized Father Rodolphe Smit, OMI? (more…)
Pope John Paul II – during the Canonization Mass of St. Eugene de Mazenod (03-12-1995)
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