As the time approached for Eugene to take the decisive step to go to the seminary and prepare himself for priestly ministry, his spiritual director, Father Magy, gave him ongoing support and encouragement.
“O happy day, the anniversary of your Baptism! Oh, how your letter flooded me with joy. Your sentiments disconcert me, but I find consolation in being disconcerted…
“You have a devotion to Saint Ignatius. That great saint trained so many apostles. He will obtain for you the grace to be one. You, you will be one. I have the feeling you will be …
You have the desire to be a martyr; that is the desire characteristic of an apostle. Your desires will be fulfilled: offering your senses and your inclinations in sacrifice will make you a martyr.
Go for it! Courage! The field is open; the harvest is abundant and the workers are few. Set everything on fire.” Letter from Father Magy, August 1808, quoted in Rey I, p 88.
The enthusiastic and fiery Eugene did not need much more encouragement. What had come together for him on Good Friday, was now about to begin to take effect: apostle, the desire for total oblation in love as a martyr, burning with zeal for the salvation of others … Two hundred years later, that fire continues to burn and has set us on fire as a Mazenodian Family, built on its apostles, its martyrs, its fiery missionaries, its co-workers… What a legacy, and what a challenge to go for it, to have courage, to set the world on fire.
“Only those who will risk going too far can possibly find out how far one can go.” T. S. Eliot