Eugene became a priest as a response to his awareness of God’s indescribable love for him. Here, in his retreat in preparation for his priestly ordination he prays to be able to make his priestly ministry a response of total love:
My God, double, triple, increase my strength a hundredfold that I may love you, not merely as much as I can, that is nothing, but that I love you as much as did the saints, as much as your holy Mother loved and loves you.
Notes made during the retreat in preparation for ordination to the priesthood,
December 1811, EO XIV n. 95
In Mary, the new priest saw a model to imitate to learn to love God and be an example to him of a total giving of self through his ministry.