Monday, 23 April 2012


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Jesus “took pity on them because they were like sheep without a shepherd, and he set himself to teach them at some length.” Mark 6:34

Imitating the “virtues and examples of Jesus Christ” led Eugene to deal with the last area of mission in the 1818 Rule: the mission of the houses where the community of Missionaries lived. Each of these communities had a church, open to the public. Missionaries outside and at home, –they were to use their church to continue their evangelization activities as a center of permanent ongoing mission.

Finally, to make themselves useful to the places in which the houses of the Institute are established, not only will hear the confessions of all who come to them, but they will have the public recitation of morning and evening prayers. In the evening these will be followed by an instruction or meditation…


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We will recite the Office thoughtfully and solemnly, following exactly the mediants and the other indications, and making sure that we do not warrant Jesus Christ’s criticism of the Jews, that they honored God with their lip service, while their hearts were very far from God.

  1818 Rule, Part One, Chapter 3, §6 Divine Office

In your prayers do not babble as the gentiles do, for they think that by using many words they will make themselves heard.   Matthew 6:7

This people honors me with their lips, but their hearts are far from me.  Mark 7:6

In prayer it is better to have a heart without words than words without a heart.   Mahatma Gandhi


Posted on April 20, 2012 by franksantucci

It seems surprising that as the sixth ministry Eugene puts the community prayer of the Breviary:

All the priests, oblates, and novices are bound to recite the Divine Office in common, according to the rite of the Holy Roman Church, at the hours prescribed by the schedule.

Thursday, 19 April 2012


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The church of the Oblate Mission house in Aix was never a parish. The community was young, dynamic and obviously attracted many people to their services –either in the church or in the various ministries of the Missionaries in the city. Eugene felt a sense of responsibility to these persons, particularly in the case of serious illness and the approach of death.
Art. 1. When those under the care of the missionaries fall sick, we will prepare them for the reception of the last sacraments as soon as possible. Indeed, one should not wait until the benefactors and friends of our Society are in danger of death, before showing them our gratitude and sincere affection in Jesus Christ.

Wednesday, 18 April 2012


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The common theme running through all the descriptions of the ministry of the Missionaries was this infallible rule:

We are never to lose sight of one of the principal ends of our Institute, which is to help the most abandoned souls.

As Eugene unfolds the ministry of the Missionaries in the 1818 Rule, he applies this principle In the fourth category: evangelizing the prisoners :

For this reason, the unfortunate inmates of prisons have a rightful claim upon the charity of the Society.

The response of the Missionaries was

we will try to meet their needs, as far as circumstances permit, by frequently visiting them and by teaching them their religious duties, at least on Sundays, when we can get into these places of detention.

Among this category of abandoned people, the Missionary was to pay special attention the “most abandoned” of this group, those condemned to death – abandoned and shunned by society, and sadly by the Jansenist church too. The Missionary was to follow the example of Jesus and reach out:

In accordance with all the resources of Christian charity we will use every means in our power to assist those who have been condemned to death.

1818 Rule, Part One, Chapter 3, §4. Prisons.

  [On the website you can find more information on this in the entries of 5 - 9 July, 2010]

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“The just is close to the people’s heart, but the merciful is close to the heart of God.”  Khalil Gibran

Tuesday, 17 April 2012

Okonjo-Iweala: “We have made a history”

The congratulating message of the African World Bank candidate, Mrs Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala, has once more shown the capacity of this great and rare Nigerian gem. It has also shown, not only shown her humility, but also the death of meritocracy in a World where democracy has been seriously wounded and sectionalized in such a way that only the strongest survive. Her failure to occupy this seat which she technically merited has once more shown that all the discusses on equality and democracy remain words void of sense.
However, though it was evident that she was not going to win the race, not because she was not the right candidate, but because she was a candidate of a wrong Continent, I still believe it confirmed the fact that the World has a long process to go as long as democracy and meritocracy is concerned. 
It will be nice to hear her speak about the result and process of this nomination void of transparency and merit based judgement.

Saturday, 14 April 2012

Ocampo ends World Bank bid, backs Nigerian By Lesley Wroughton and Tiago Pariz

Former Colombian finance minister Jose Antonio Ocampo on Friday withdrew his candidacy for World Bank president, leaving two candidates in a race that he said had turned highly political.
With the World Bank board meeting on Monday to pick a new president, Ocampo said he hoped emerging market nations would rally behind one candidate, Nigerian Finance Minister Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala.
Okonjo-Iweala is now the sole candidate from developing nations in a race against U.S. nominee Jim Yong Kim, a Korean-American health expert who appears almost certain to win the post.
Ocampo said his candidacy had been "handicapped" by a lack of support from his own country.

Okonjo Iweala: The World Bank Presidency and the crisis of idea

It has always been believed by all that "the idea rules the World" but the actual fight over who heads the highest Economical Institution, the World Bank, is a sign of the end of such ideological tyranny. The maxim has always been used as a reason to manipulate and subdue the third World Countries who were always far from having capable personalities to man such professional Instants. However, the recent World Bank Presidential race demonstrates the idea according to which the poor always has nothing to propose to the rich. 

From all indication, the simple analyses of the capacity and technical know-how of the World bank Presidential candidates should have given an upper hand to Madam Okonjo-Iweala, but for the simple fact that US-Europe alliance in domination of the World will force the policy deciders, who also are mainly westerners, chose Kim Yong, the less suitable candidate, for the post.
Another evidence of this masquerade, called democracy in World Economic Policy Management, is the very fact that the stepping down of Ocampo and his support of Okonjo-Iweala seems not to have any effect. The latest analyses shows the American weight and influence remains undaunted. 
In any case, I have come to a conclusion according to which the idea rules the World as long as it must come from the strongest and do not rule (simply because it comes from the poor, marginalized, underdeveloped and "inexperienced" Countries and regions.

''The truth might be hard to say, painful to bear or even drastic for the truth sayer but still needed to be said''. ALISON.

Saturday, 7 April 2012

Nsukka: Herbalist with 48 wives, 200 children in trouble By Chinenyeh Ozor

NSUKKA- The arrow of God is no longer at  ease and things have fallen apart in the household of an Enugu herbalist who is married to  48 wives and blessed with about 200 children some of  whom are born again Christians.
His children have insisted he must repent and give up the  business but to no avail. The 66-year-old herbalist, Chief Simon Odo (a.k.a Onuwa, Africa Solomon or Satan is sleeping) who hails from Aji, Igbo-Eze North Local Government Area, Enugu State, and started his herbal business at the age of 15 told Crime Guard that until recently, peace, order and tranquility reigned in his household as he ensured that  he meet up their demands.

Okonjo-Iweala...Obstacles to her World Bank presidency quest

 Okonjo-Iweala...Obstacles to her World Bank presidency quest

Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala is a Nigerian iron lady. When she was 15, she strapped her three-year-old, malaria-fevered sister to her back. “It was really hot, I was very hungry, I was scared because I knew her life depended on me getting to this woman [doctor],” Okonjo-Iweala recalled in 2007. “I walked 10 kilometres, putting one foot in front of the other.”
When she arrived, nearly a thousand people were trying to break down the door of a makeshift clinic. Okonjo-Iweala crawled between their legs and climbed through the window, just in time for the doctor to save her sister’s life. Then came the return journey. “It was the shortest walk I ever had. I was so happy that my sister was alive. Today she’s 41 years old, a mother of three and she’s a physician saving other lives.”

Nigerian Minister Vies for Top World Bank Job

If democracy were the best form of government, putting into consideration the real value of individual members, Ngozi Okonjo-Iweala would have been crowned the President of the World Bank unanimously. This is one of those objective appreciations of this candidate who outside the fact that she is a non western candidate should have been the best candidate in this post.