The source of inspiration and strength in Eugene’s life was his relationship with Jesus in the Word of God and in the Eucharist. Here he shows the importance of Eucharistic devotion in his daily life – manifested in the daily celebration of Mass, his hour of Eucharistic prayer (“oraison”) and his occasional visits to pray briefly in church during the day.
I was prompted to abandon myself to all the sentiments that his divine presence and the immensity of his mercy inspired…
These same sentiments were renewed when I presented myself before him to adore him, whether at my hour of adoration, whether on appearing before him as I left or entered the house, still again on visits I tried to make often during the Forty Hours, or in other churches where the Blessed Sacrament was exposed.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 16 February 1826, EO VII n 224
“The Eucharistic mystery stands at the heart and center of the liturgy since it is the fount of life by which we are cleansed and strengthened to live not for ourselves but for God and to be united in love among ourselves.” Pope Paul VI