THE LOVE WHICH UNITES US ALL TO OUR COMMON CENTER WHO IS JESUS CHRIST

Also, my heart was gladdened at the sight of the first cross I perceived as I entered the canton of Fribourg. We recited with joy the Vexilla as if we had just found our compass once more…
It is on these occasions that one feels what it is to be Catholic and the full rapture of this veritable love which unites us all to our common center who is Jesus Christ, to whom be honor and glory in all places, at all times and for all eternity!

Letter to Hippolyte Guibert, 29 July 1830, EO VII n 350

Having been knocked off-balance for couple of days, Eugene refocused on his enduring and loving relationship with the universal Church. Thirty years later we find him repeating the same conviction to the people of Marseilles.

How is it possible to separate our love for Jesus Christ from that which we owe to his Church? These two kinds of love merge: to love the Church is to love Jesus Christ and vice versa. We love Jesus Christ in his Church because she is his immaculate spouse who came out of his opened side on the cross…

Lenten Pastoral Letter, February 16, 1860

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One Response to THE LOVE WHICH UNITES US ALL TO OUR COMMON CENTER WHO IS JESUS CHRIST

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    I remember quite clearly years ago hearing God say my name – a voice that was not forceful but that was unmistakable. Without being introduced I knew immediately it was God – actually I knew it was Jesus. I am not sure how I knew that – only that I did. God – three persons in one – the Trinity. An immense gift from God for it is not anything that I could have given to myself or realised on my own.

    It happened during the sacrament of Reconciliation, as I received absolution. Having been away from the Church for so long I did not immediately recognize her, but she instantly became a part of my heart. I was unable to separate her from my God. And just as I learned and moved more deeply into the wonder and mystery that is God, so it was with the Church, and just as I wrestled with God on some matters so did I wrestle at times with my beloved Church.

    Two ways of loving, separate but as Eugene said, ‘merged’. There is too a third part to this love. As I enter more deeply into the way of being I become, in love, one with everyone around me.

    Eugene was able to drill down to the point: “The veritable love which unites us all to our common center who is Jesus Christ.” Indeed my mind cannot fathom it, but my heart holds it all most perfectly.

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