Why did Eugene become a priest?
He replies over and over again with the same reply:
Pure love of the glory of God, the most ardent desire for the salvation of one’s neighbor, the needs of the abandoned Church, there you have the one and only reason for my entry into the clerical state.
Letter to his mother, 14 October 1811, EO XIV n 93
This three-fold ideal formed the basis of his priestly spirituality:
My desire is to win the glory of God and the salvation of the souls he ransomed with his blood, by every means in my power, should it cost me my life…
Retreat notes, July-August 1816, EO XV n 139
It was the threefold focus that became the focus of the missionaries to join him in 1816:
They must wholly renounce themselves, striving solely for the glory of God, the good of the Church, and the growth and salvation of souls.
Following our “map” (http://www.eugenedemazenod.net/?p=2823), it is here we find the first level of our Mazenodian spirituality. Through the eyes of the Crucified Savior the
spirit of being wholly devoted to the glory of God, the service of the Church and the salvation of souls, is the spirit that is proper to our Congregation,
Letter to Henri Tempier, 22 August 1817, EO VI n 21
All Mazenodian spirituality will be an expression, a development and living out of this focus.
“Success is focusing the full power of all you are on what you have a burning desire to achieve.” – William Peterson