A Heart as Big as the World (2) - Childhood Years

His family’s social position obliged it to have a large domestic staff: there were twelve in his father’s house, all anxious to serve him and anticipate his every desire.

His grandfather (Joannis), a man of outstanding piety, encouraged his good tendencies by letting him have, small child though he was, a sum to give away as alms. He was once seen giving away his coat to a little charcoal-burner who had none, and when he was corrected by someone affecting to draw a comparison between his position and that of the little charcoal-burner, he answered cheerily: “What of it? I will be a charcoal-burner president.”

Characters of St. Eugene de Mazenod:

When he started talking, he showed a strength of character rare in children of that age, which thrilled his maternal grandfather,  who had a great fondness for him. He never sought anything by crying, and before he had learned how one ought to behave when one wanted something, in those early years when children show what they want by tears, he would say haughtily: “I want it”.

 

One day Eugene went into the lawyer’s house and was surprised to see there was no fire: “Why, he said to the family, don’t you have any heating today, although it is really cold?” The ladies answered, teasing him, the child was not yet six: “Because we are poor and wood is expensive.” Eugene said goodbye and left: an hour later he is seen pushing along with some difficulty a little cart, loaded up with branches, that he drops briskly outside their door, saying: “Now then, here’s something to warm you up.” You can imagine the whole family’s feelings confronted with this sign of goodness. Several of its members used to tell it still thirty years later with tears in their eyes.

(Writer: Father Henricus Asodo, OMI, from his animation slide presentation on the Founder of OMI "St. Eugene de Mazenod", Aix-en-Provence, France)

Eugene de Mazenod

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