EUGENE AND THE RESURRECTION: FROM THE CROSS TO THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTION

Eugene’s Good Friday experience did not leave him standing at the foot of the Cross. The focus of his life had changed, and it became a continuous Easter – responding to the light of the Risen Christ’s, “I am with you always.”

Never was my soul more satisfied, never did it feel such happiness; for in the midst of this flood of tears, despite my grief, or rather because of my grief, my soul took wings towards its final end, towards God its only good whose loss it felt so keenly. Why say more? Could I ever express what I experienced then? Just the memory of it fills my heart with a sweet consolation.
Thus I had looked for happiness outside of God, and outside of him I found only affliction and vexation. Blessed, a thousand times blessed, that he, this good Father who, notwithstanding my unworthiness, lavished on me all the richness of his mercy.
Let me at least make up for lost time by redoubling my love for him. May all my actions, thoughts, etc., be directed towards that end. What more glorious occupation than to act in everything and for everything only for God, to love him above all else, to love him all the more as one who has loved him too late.
Ah! The happiness of heaven begins here below. This is the true way to glorify him as he wants.

Retreat Journal, December 1814, EO XV n.130

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One Response to EUGENE AND THE RESURRECTION: FROM THE CROSS TO THE POWER OF THE RESURRECTION

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    The Paschal Mystery – it is always within us – the Cross and the Resurrection and with Pentecost to come; Trinitarian in nature. There is a flow, a continuous flow of life – and death – and new life. Never just one without the others.

    One might think how dismal, yet always there is that light – “I am with you always.”
    Eugene never stops inviting me to look within myself, at my experience of Jesus and the Cross, and through the power of the resurrection, the new life of the resurrection.

    Recently I have been struggling greatly with what is happening with one of my brothers who lives 3500km from me. I am quite powerless to help him, even were I to rush out to the west coast. I believe that my heart has been breaking for a few days since I received news of him; and even as I look at my other siblings and see how they are loving him, they too being within the holds of powerlessness to change anything. What a light their love is – it causes me to love ever more deeply them and Bill.

    This is not the darkness of hopelessness, for there is light there. I realise as I write this that I am at a loss for adequate words to describe my own heart.

    It comes to me that we are standing at the foot of the cross with – yet we are within
    Easter time and we are in the midst new life. “I am with you always.” The Risen Christ. We carry him within us – the cross, his resurrection and the new life that comes from that.

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