A Heart as Big as the World (3) - French Revolution

In 1789, when he was six  years old, there was a national crisis.  A very cold winter, no job, people were angry, then, French Revolution began.

De Mazenod family went to exile (1791–1802) a migrant life from a halting place to another, from the north to south of Italy.  First to Nice (June 1791), then to Turin (May 1794), Venice (November 1797), Naples (January 1799), and  Palermo (May 1802).


“I left Aix with my uncle on April 20, 1791, and arrived in Nice on April 23, which was Holy Saturday. There really must have been a genuine fear of the threat made to do away with the children of the nobility, for my mother to have consented to let me undertake this journey even before I had quite got over an illness that had taken a lot out of me.  My two grandparents, grandmother,  my uncle the priest,  my whole family together raised not a single objection to the prompt execution of my father’s orders. I was not yet nine years old. All I could do was to keep the secret as a grown-up would have done. This was enjoined upon me, and faithfully observed.”

(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

Kemampuannya dalam pewartaan injil dan bakat kepemimpinannya dalam mengarahkan berbagai Misi merupakan tanda-tanda lahir hidup batin yang menjadikan Eugene de Mazenod sebagai penjala manusia.


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