Continuing the narrative of his time at school in Turin, Eugene speaks about receiving the sacrament of confirmation.
The treatment was prolonged, so much so that the time for the general confirmation having arrived, there was a fear that Eugene would not be able to take part. His Eminence Cardinal Archbishop Costa, Archbishop of Turin, had the goodness to suggest confirming him in private. But it proved unnecessary to have resort to this kindness, and the child was confirmed with all the others on Trinity Sunday 1792, in the tiny church adjacent to the Archbishop’s palace.
Eugene’s attraction to piety sustained him throughout the time he spent in the college. It showed itself in the pleasure he always showed for religious ceremonies.
Diary of the Exile in Italy, EO XVI p. 30
Again, the brief narrative hides the richness behind this event. After his episcopal ordination Bishop Eugene constantly celebrated the sacrament of confirmation and regularly reflected on his experience and its meaning. One example:
What need has one of tongues of fire to see, in some way, the presence of the Holy Spirit? On these occasions, his presence for me is palpable and I am so imbued with the Spirit that I cannot hide my emotion. I have to do violence to myself not to shed tears of joy, and, in spite of my efforts, often tears I cannot withhold betray the sentiment which animates me and fills me to overflowing in the full sense of the word!
Diary, 18 February 1844, EO XXI (not yet published in English)
What fruits has my confirmation produced in my life?
“My spirituality is my Christian living as guided by the Holy Spirit….Each [spirituality] is a living out of the Christian life under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit, through the gifts the indwelling spirit produces in us for our own personal sanctification and our contribution to the life of the community.” Walter Burghardt, S.J