IT IS TRUE THAT I HAVE ALWAYS PUT ALL MY CONFIDENCE IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD

As Eugene rejoices in the successful outcome of the process of ecclesiastical approval of the Oblate Congregation, he places all the reason for this success on the goodness and actions of God. In doing so, as he writes to his spiritual confidant, he gives us an insight into the intimacy of his personal relationship with God

It is true that I have always put all my confidence in the goodness of God.
As I have told you, I offered the Holy Mass every day for this intention; I constantly invoked the holy Virgin and all the saints, but especially the sovereign Mediator, to whose glory all our intentions are directed; and I ought to avow, if ever I have prayed as much, never have I prayed with so much consolation (effect of an absolute but filial confidence) to the point of speaking to our Lord as I dare believe I would have done had I had the happiness of living when he moved about this earth to spread his goodness and grant to each what he asked.

Letter to Henri Tempier, 16 February 1826, EO VII n 224

 

“My trust in God flows out of the experience of his loving me, day in and day out, whether the day is stormy or fair, whether I’m sick or in good health, whether I’m in a state of grace or disgrace. He comes to me where I live and loves me as I am.”     Brennan Manning

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One Response to IT IS TRUE THAT I HAVE ALWAYS PUT ALL MY CONFIDENCE IN THE GOODNESS OF GOD

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    This morning I have reflected on what it really means to live out of my all for God, and I begin in a new way to see that it is out of our being that we move and do – that whole idea has taken on a deeper reality. And I see yet another way that Eugene is living out his oblation, his all – more than just saying it, more than just acting it, he is ‘being’ it. So sure is he that while he waits for the cardinals to make their deliberations he prays and finds himself being filled with consolation – from God.

    I am so often inspired by Eugene. He leads me to look at myself in a full and honest way, calling me to truth – for I have within me that core which is God and live out of there, imperfectly, humanly but live out from there. I find great hope in that. Eugene found great gifts from God in his time of waiting in Rome. “…never have I prayed with so much consolation (effect of an absolute but filial confidence)…” How do I pray? What am I open to when I am with God in prayer? Do I take time to stop and listen, to receive what God is holding out to me? When I am sitting within God’s embrace do I take time from looking at myself and what I need/want/expect to look at God?

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