A Heart as Big as the World (6) - Separation of Parents

“In the same year as the death of my great uncle, 1795, first my aunt, the Marquise Dedons and her son, and a little later on my mother and sister, had left Venice to go to France.”

Then separation of his parents….

And since then, he lived only surrounded by “ all gentlemen”.

Eugene’s character was taking on a particular temper. Habitual living with intelligent and specially distinguished people, without ever the opportunity to meet a single child nor of learning any amusement of even the slightest worldliness, formed him early in serious tastes and in thoughts of a high order. He owes to that formation to have been preserved all his life from all the weaknesses so common to young people. His soul was so penetrated with the love of certain virtues, that he even developed a kind of excessive distance from persons of the opposite sex. This strong cast of his first years sheltered him from the faults that young people pride themselves on in the world, and yet at the same time a greater liberty and an infinite number of seducing attractions that he will encounter on his journey might have left him more open to yield in some aberration.



(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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