Can I forget the bitter tears that the sight of the cross brought streaming from my eyes one Good Friday?
Retreat Journal, December 1814, O.W. XV n.130
“Can I forget … the sight of the cross?” asks Eugene?
Every action of his life, every time that he preached the Gospel, every time that he held out his hands to the poor and most abandoned, it was a proclamation of: “Never can I forget the sight of the cross!”
It is the only distinctive sign that he gave to the Oblates – under which every aspect of our lives is to unfold: “Never forget the sight of the cross!”
“Through the eyes of the Crucified Savior” is the only point of view through which the Mazenodian family is called to see the world: “Never forget the sight of the cross!”
At the very end of his life, Father Tempier wrote to the Oblates: “It is not possible to tell you the example he gave, the sentiments he manifested during these three days [of preparing himself for the Sacrament of the sick]. We consider it a special grace to have seen and heard what we did. He cried out:
I am on the cross. I gladly stay on the cross and offer my sufferings to God for my dear Oblates
Circular letter no. 2 of January 29, 1861 in Oblate Writings II, vol. 2, no. 116.
“People have said that the cross of Christ was not a heroic thing, but I want to tell you that the cross of Jesus Christ has put more heroism in the souls of people than any other event in human history.” John G. Lake