Eugene was a “heart” person who was intuitive and expressed and acted on his intuitions. As soon as he had met Joseph Guibert, he reflected that “it seemed to me to have found again something of myself” – he recognized in this young man someone who had his same spirit. Now that Guibert had joined the Missionaries, Eugene considered himself his father in religious life and expressed his paternal affection:
So let us ever be united in the same spirit. Pray for me who loved you first.
For my part, I think of you often before the Lord. Where rules his loving heart, there let us meet.
Letter to Joseph Guibert, 19 March 1823, EO VI n 97
Eugene concludes by referring to the secret of the prayer of communion that we Oblates know as “oraison”. In a world with no immediate means of communication, it was thru prayer that Eugene communed with the members of his religious family when he was physically separated from them.
“Whenever we experience the love of God as a group in prayer together, we are united in our common goal.”