As we continue to spend time with Eugene’s personal meditations on the Constitutions and Rules, we glean glimpses of his spirituality and the inspirations that helped him to become a saint. He shares:
The second chapter and the third chapter contain principles that must be meditated. It is only by this means that we will arrive at understanding what an Oblate of Mary must be; let us add them to what we extracted from the first part and the preface of the Rule. The whole life of the members of our Society ought to be a life of continual recollection (Art. 1, Regarding Silence, etc.).
To attain this, they will first of all make every effort to walk always in the presence of God, and frequently try to utter short but fervent ejaculatory prayers. (Art. 2, ibid.) …
Retreat notes, October 1831, EO XV n. 163
Eugene and Jesus shared a deep bond of friendship – and a friend always wants to be in the presence of a loved one. His days are filled with moments of recollection – of short bursts of prayer and expressions of love.
St Therese of Lisieux is reported to have said that if she was not aware f the presence of Jesus at least every three minutes, she was not happy. Dorothy Day, looking at the example of Therese, said” “It was her destiny to show the world of today that holiness is accessible to all, that all are called, and that it is a little way, a simple way, for all to follow.” Eugene had learnt the “little way and wants us to do the same.