A childhood friend of Eugene’s, Felix d’Albertas, had expressed difficulties about the quality of his faith. Eugene responded:
One sentence of your last-but-one letter, dear Felix, really upset me. I cannot bear to think you are not perfectly happy and I would do anything in the world to dispel all your distresses and perplexities…
Eugene wrote to encourage him and gave some guidelines to re-assure him:
You sincerely want to achieve your salvation;
you are trying in an upright way to take the means that seem to you proper to achieve it;
you are not relying on your own strength but place all your trust in God,
whom you love as a good Father;
how can there be any anxiety after that?
It does injury in a way to the grace of Jesus Christ who has so lovingly gone before you…
So be of good courage, my dear friend; continue to serve God with love and gratitude; this is the shortest way, it is right on target.
To Count Felix d’Albertas, 14 September 1820, O.W. XV n. 153
An invitation to me today to reflect on the place of God in my life: do I sincerely want God to be alive in me, am I consciously co-operating with God, and do I rely on God’s grace in my life to achieve this and to bring me serenity? In my interaction with others, how convincing am I that God is alive in my life?
“How do you convince a world that God is alive? By His aliveness in your life, by His work in producing reality in your experience.” Howard G. Hendricks