A Heart as Big as the World (12) - Christian Youth Association

Stayed with Bro.Maurs in “L’enclos” and founding a Youth Congregation on april 25th, 1813.

St. Eugene de Mazenod worked for and with the Youth.  He visited the Austrian Prisoners in the Military prison in Caserne Forbin.

He got sick, very sick, and closed to death! ( March 1814).  The youth prayed for him before Our Lady of Grace.



Petition to The Pope for the approval of  the Youth Congregation
(oblate writings, September 1814)

Most Holy Father,

Charles Joseph Eugene de Mazenod, priest, having sorrowfully discerned that by a deplorable effect of the baneful influence of philosophism the Christian faith was in danger of perishing in France, conceived the plan of combating with all his strength such a frightful disorder.

To succeed in this enterprise, he formed a Congregation composed of young men to whom he gave the necessary means to keep themselves in the fear of the Lord, to know and practise virtue.

The Lord having deigned to bless the efforts of his zeal, and the number of congregants being on the increase as well as their piety, the aforesaid priest, to strengthen ever more the good that is done in the congregation, most humbly petitions His Holiness to approve this Congregation under the name of the Association of Christian Youth, under the direction for the present of the aforesaid Charles Joseph Eugene de Mazenod, and at the same time to deign to grant the following indulgences [...]


(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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