Convinced that his vocation to respond to the Savior’s love as a priest came from God, Eugene now had to convince his unimpressed mother that he had no choice but to obey. He wrote to her:
to communicate to you the Master’s designs we are all bound to obey on pain of damnation, to answer any objections you might make, in short, through telling you my reasons, to get your approval for a project that certainly comes from God, as it has passed all the tests required of any inspiration that seems unusual and it has been endorsed by all the persons who hold his place in my regard.
Realizing that his mother’s objections were caused, in part, by her maternal fear of losing him, he reassured her:
It remains, my dear, darling mother, for me now to reassure you about the thing that might seem hardest to bear from a natural point of view. God is not demanding here sacrifices beyond our strength. There aren’t going to be any heart-rending partings, departures without coming back.
Letter to his mother, 29 June 1808, EO XIV n 27
Our baptism has drawn each of us into a divine adventure. Today Eugene invites us to reflect on how aware we are of our daily lives fitting in with God’s plan for us.
“God must move our life and draw it into a divine adventure, which is unknown to us; one in which, at the same time spectators and actors of the marvelous plans of love, we give moment by moment the contribution of our free will.” Chiara Lubich