1 August 1782 – birth in Aix en Provence. Son of Charles Antoine de Mazenod, President of the Court of Accounts, and of Marie Rose Joannis.
I have not changed over the years. I idolize my family.I would let myself be cut up into little pieces for some members of my family, and that stretches out to quite a long way for I would give my life without hesitation for my father, mother, grandmother, my sister and my father’s two brothers.Generally speaking I love with passion everybody I believe loves me, but theirs must be a passionate love too.So gratitude is the final constituent that goes to make up my heart’s passion.Self-evaluation written for his spiritual director in 1808, O.W. XIV n. 30
It is hard to understand, given the portrait of myself I have just painted, how sensitive a heart I have, overly so in fact. It would take too long to give you all the stories of my childhood traits I have had related to me and which are really rather surprising.It was quite normal for me to give away my breakfast even when I was hungry to satisfy the hunger of the poor, I used to bring firewood to people who complained of the cold and of not being able to afford to buy it, on one occasion I went as far as to give away the clothes off my back to clothe a poor person, and many, many other stories in the same vein.Self-evaluation written for his spiritual director in 1808, O.W. XIV n. 30