EUGENE AND THE RESURRECTION: I WENT IN SPIRIT THROUGH THE CHURCHES OF THE WHOLE EARTH, WHERE AT THE SAME MOMENT THE VAULTS WERE RESOUNDING WITH THE PRAISES OF THE RISEN LORD

Eugene continues to describe his joyful Easter celebration at the seminary:

I went in spirit through the churches of the whole earth, where at the same moment the vaults were resounding with the praises of the Risen Lord.
I was in Aix, I was in Rome, I was in China, everywhere I encountered the same transports of joy for the same reason. Not content with this experience of harmony with every Christian scattered over the face of the earth, I dared to penetrate heaven itself. I was not slow to grasp that all that captivated me here below was but a feeble echo of the joy, the inexpressible happiness, that animated all the blessed on that day that the Lord had made. How great is the heart of a Christian, how many things it grasps simultaneously, it seems at first as if the least consolation will fill it and it is about to burst; not at all, it is always capable of containing more, when full to bursting it still wants more, but this insatiable appetite will be satisfied only in heaven.

Letter to his mother, 4 April 1809, EO XIV n 50

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  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    “How great is the heart of a Christian, how many things it grasps simultaneously, it seems at first as if the least consolation will fill it and it is about to burst; not at all, it is always capable of containing more, when full to bursting it still wants more, but this insatiable appetite will be satisfied only in heaven.” Over the years of Eugene’s life – no matter how busy, how depressed or disappointed, how passionately or tenderly he loved: always he yearned for more. He was never satisfied with any less than everything – be it his own oblation or that of his sons. His heart grew and knew no bounds.

    I was reminded yesterday of how ‘human’ Eugene was. I thought of how he had his own issues and yet God chose him to found a congregation, to give him a very particular gift and spirit and how he said yes to that. In the midst of his own humanness and brokenness, his own heart which was neither perfectly good nor perfectly bad chose to say yes to God’s call. Nothing really laid out before him – no grand plan. His heart said yes and he lived out of that. This young aristocrat saw Jesus on the cross and focussed from that point onward on our crucified Saviour. It was as if from his own pain and struggle that he chose to love in and through Jesus on the cross.

    Being reminded of Eugene’s goodness and his brokenness has only heightened my desire to learn more and become more like him – but in my own skin. I too, like Eugene at one point, believed that for me there was no life ahead of me – only emptiness. Jesus spoke to me and that was the beginning. And as God had done with Eugene, he worked within my brokenness allowing it to become a source of new life.

    How great is the Lord and all he creates. My heart too seems to be forever stretched and ready to burst and yet always there is room for more – and the more that I receive the more that I am able to give. And the more that I receive the more that it is not quite enough. This morning’s praises of the Risen Lord.

  2. Fr.Angelo Martyn omi says:

    Fr subash Gomes was on a 15 hour trip through the jungle, at one point they were dead tired, and sister saw a beautiful flower, and screamed, father a flower, they all laughed and with a new burst of energy continued. That is resurrection in ordinary life. Something small an give life to a group.

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