Throughout his life Eugene insisted on correct and meaningful celebrations of the liturgy. In his own case he used the liturgical texts as a basis for his prayer in the retreats he made in preparation for receiving the sacrament of Orders, in its various stages. Here he suggests the same practice to Brother Barthélemy Bernard by inviting him to reflect on the text of the ceremony used to ordain him in the Missal (the “Pontifical”).
Reread sometimes the admonitions of the Pontifical, both in regard to the Order that you have just received and for that you have previously received.
As another aid to deepen his understanding of the sacrament he has received, Eugene suggests that Bernard meditate on the saints who had been deacons and to benefit from their example and intercession:
Invoke every day the great saints who sanctified themselves in the diaconate and ask God through their intercession all that you still need to resemble them. Pray also for me. I never forget you before God and especially on the day of ordination I accomplished this duty during the holy sacrifice that I offered for my dear ordinands. Adieu, I embrace you with all my heart.
Letter to Barthélemy Bernard, 8 April 1824. EO VI n 133
“However many holy words you read, however many you speak, what good will they do you if you do not act on upon them?” Buddha