Father Magy, who accompanied Eugene in his vocational discernment, had written him some encouraging letters – of which Eugene wrote:
I regret that the other letters of this holy religious, truly filled with the Spirit of God, very experienced in the direction of souls have been lost. They were very enlightening and filled with wise direction. The person to whom I confided them burned them through carelessness.
Eugene’s note at the bottom of a copy of three extracts from Father Magy’s letters (Oblate General Archives in Rome)
Father Magy’s convinced and convincing conclusion to Eugene’s discernment process was:
In view of the convergence of so many circumstances, debates and further research serve no purpose; your vocation is as clear as the midday sun on the most beautiful of days…
A vocation, discerned through the eyes of the Savior, to be the Savior’s co-operator lived as a priest.
The second extract shows something of the struggle that Eugene was having with his mother, who was opposed to the idea of his wanting to be a priest.
I would have considered it rash on my part, if on my own initiative, I had undertaken to induce you to take on the sacred ministry, and to take you away from a distinguished family whose only hope and consolation you are. But the Sovereign Master who holds the primary right over the first-born took it upon himself to inspire you with this thought and to lay upon you, like he laid on Abraham, such a painful sacrifice.
Augustin Magy to Eugene, 1807 – 1808
An invitation to us, in our own Mazenodian spirituality today, to reflect on ourselves and the daily unfolding of our baptismal vocation through the eyes of the Savior.
“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.” Viktor E. Frankl