Rey continues to narrate the reaction of Eugene in the face of death. His serenity and total self-giving inspired all those around him to renew their own “yes” to God in oblation.
“He wished to receive the Extreme Unction before the Holy Viaticum, saying that this practice was more in conformity with the spirit of the Church.
And when the Host was presented to him, “Leave me,” he said, in a voice interrupted by sobs, “let me contemplate my Master, my Savior … Yes, you are my God, I love you. It is a kind of profanation that you have been brought into this miserable dwelling place.” “How were you not put off to come and visit me?”
After the communion he made his profession of faith, renewed his vows by reading the formula of commitments.
When he had finished, Father Tempier having placed the ciborium on the side table, approached the bed, and on his knees renewed his vows at the hands of the venerable sick man, kissing them afterwards with love; He was imitated by the Fathers and Lay Brothers who had attended the ceremony.”
Rey I p. 471
An invitation to reflect on those who have inspired us with their serene faith in the fce of serious illness or death. How wonderful if we were able to learn from and imitate every act of oblation that we encounter in life.
What counts in life is not the mere fact that we have lived. It is what difference we have made to the lives of others that will determine the significance of the life we lead.— Nelson Mandela