There was another incident that showed his character. He was six at that time. Visiting a family he noticed that it was called in their house. When the family answered that they couldn’t afford wood he went away and a few hours later he came back pushing along with some difficulty a little trolley, loaded up with branches, which he dropped outside their place saying: “Now then, here’s something to warm you up.”
Here at Hotel de Mazenod (hotel means a building with many rooms in France) at 53 Cours Mirabeau he was living under white and gold wood-paneling, under the garlands of the ceilings that decorated the halls, balls, feasts and receptions he was living his childhood of a high-ranking nobleman’s son, expected one day to step into his father’s shoes. Today the house has been transferred into a shot. Above a doorway to the left of the shop an inscription identifies the building as the birthplace of Charles Joseph Eugene de Mazenod. It was placed after Beatification of Eugene in 1975. The upper floors of the building are now family apartments and therefore are not accessible.
The second thing worth mentioning is a delicate division that existed in his family. In XVIII century the Jansenist quarrel divided France and it didn’t spare Eugene’s family. His Father’s folks were staunchly anti-Jansenist while his mother and her relations was tainted by Jansenism. Jansenism was a movement in the Catholic Church, primarily in France, that emphasized original sin, human depravity, the necessity of divine grace and predestination. It made people fearful of God and unsure of their salvation. Frequently Jansenists priests would refuse absolution at Confessions or drastically limit the days people could receive Holy Communion. In Eugene case he was brought up with a very strong anti-Jansenist approach that was evident when he became a priest some years later.
Market day like at the time of Eugene's childhood. Farmers with their products arrive like in the old day hoping to get better money in the rich city. We can imagine Eugene and his servant Nanou coming to the same square to shop.