“Through the eyes of the crucified Savior” – a life-changing realization of God’s love for Eugene.
Having completed his discernment process, Eugene no longer had any doubts. The Savior whose love he had experienced from the cross, was challenging him to respond with a similar love: to devote himself in a special way to His service” as a priest.
The Savior’s look had led Eugene to look at the world through His eyes and impelled him to respond accordingly: to dedicate his life to “the salvation of souls he has redeemed by his precious blood.”
He announced his decision to his mother – a decision that he pursued single-mindedly and never once regretted or veered away from in the next 53 years of his life:
As the Lord is my witness, what he wants of me is that I renounce a world where it is almost impossible to find salvation, such is the power of apostasy there; that I devote myself especially to his service and try to reawaken the faith that is becoming extinct among the poor;
in a word, that I make myself available to carry out any orders he may wish to give me for his glory and the salvation of souls he has redeemed by his precious blood.
Letter to his mother, 29 June 1808, EO XIV n 27
Thanks to Eugene’s vision and courageous response we are able to celebrate its fruits today, and continue to apply it in all situations.
“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.” A. Kalam