Following Jacques Marcou’s death, Eugene had written: “I weep for a brother so precious to our Society.” Twelve years later, in his diary, Eugene recalled the death and the meaning of the young man’s life for him.
August 20: Mass for our ever beloved Fr. Marcou who died in St-Just on this same day.1 wish I had time to recall the virtues of this excellent priest, but I must hurry. He was one of the first seven who made up the youth congregation which the Lord inspired me to found in Aix in 1813. His ardent zeal which was evident at the time of his first communion made me choose him as the leader of that first special group. He never let me down and he constantly gave the example of scrupulous fidelity to the regulations which I had given to the congregation in which he was responsible to see that they were observed by the other members. As the membership of the youth-movement increased he continued in his watchfulness as leader and his spiritual zeal spread among his companions a great love for the congregation in which they learned to be virtuous.
Diary of 20 August 1838, E.O. XIX
“I did nothing to deserve God’s love; in fact, I was living as an orphan, without hope. Yet God chose to pursue a relationship with me, and through the death of his son Jesus, I was adopted into God’s family.” Steven Curtis Chapman