The foundation of all Christian spirituality is a relationship with Jesus Christ. In Eugene’s life there was no doubt about this as he passionately committed himself:
You, you alone will be the only object to which will tend all my affections and my every action. To please you, act for your glory, will be my daily task, the task of every moment of my life. I wish to live only for you, I wish to love you alone and all else in you and through you. I despise riches, I trample honors under foot; you are my all, replacing all else. My God, my love and my all: Deus meus et omnia.
Notes made during the retreat in preparation for priestly ordination,
December 1-21, E.O. XIV n.95
Eugene’s objective was to live every aspect of his existence as an expression of his ideal “to live only for God” through his vowed commitment, which he called “oblation.” He articulated this in a lifestyle of service to others as an Oblate.
Fernand Jette’, a former Oblate Superior General beautifully described this relationship:
Adherence to Jesus Christ was a distinguishing feature of Eugene’s whole life. It was an experiential encounter with a person, the person of Jesus Christ, and the living relationship established between the two expressed in an ongoing fashion. This friendship showed itself through the events and grew through the pains and joys of life. “Jesus Christ” in the Dictionary of Oblate Values http://www.omiworld.org/en/dictionary/dictionary-of-oblate-values_vol-1_j/1050/jesus-christ/
“Spirituality is understood to be the way of life of a people, a movement by the Spirit of God, and the grounding of one’s identity as a Christian in every circumstance of life.” National Pastoral Plan for Hispanic Ministry – USCCB