“Lord Jesus, not only are You my Creator and my Redeemer as You are of all humanity, but You are also my special benefactor, You are my friend. Yes indeed, You are the friend who has shown me Your tenderness in a very special way. You are my generous friend who has chosen to forget all my ingratitude and loved me as intensely as if I have always remained faithful to You. You have carried me upon Your shoulders. You have washed my wounds.”

Good and gracious God, on this feast day of St. Eugene, grant us the same love Saint Eugene had, so we may see the poor and abandoned through the eyes of Jesus our Saviour. Help us accompany them to the resurrection. We ask this through Christ the Lord. Amen.

Saint Eugene De Mazenod was born into an aristocratic French family in 1782. The French Revolution forced his family into exile. At age 20 Eugene was able to return to Aix-en-Provence where he gave himself over to the pleasures of this world. But in 1807, he had a profound religious experience, and he committed himself to Christ and the Church.

As a young priest Eugene was appalled by the condition of the Church in southern France. The poor were being neglected. In response, in 1816 Eugene gathered around him a small group of priests and began to preach directly to the poor. Eventually this small band became the Missionary Oblates of Mary Immaculate.


Jesus and his disciples left from there and began a journey through Galilee,
but he did not wish anyone to know about it.
He was teaching his disciples and telling them,
“The Son of Man is to be handed over to men
and they will kill him,
and three days after his death the Son of Man will rise.”
But they did not understand the saying,
and they were afraid to question him.

They came to Capernaum and, once inside the house,
he began to ask them,
“What were you arguing about on the way?”
But they remained silent.
For they had been discussing among themselves on the way
who was the greatest.
Then he sat down, called the Twelve, and said to them,
“If anyone wishes to be first,
he shall be the last of all and the servant of all.”
Taking a child, he placed it in their midst,
and putting his arms around it, he said to them,
“Whoever receives one child such as this in my name, receives me;
and whoever receives me,
receives not me but the One who sent me.”

Prayer is a central ministry of the Missionary Oblates.
We want to pray for you in a special way. When you send us your prayer intentions, we will lift you up in prayer at the National Shrine of Our Lady of the Snows. In addition, Oblates in our missions around the world will be praying for you and your loved ones.