Eugene emphasizes the centrality of Jesus Christ by using the image of drawing: placing tracing paper over an image and then tracing its outlines. We are called to be like that tracing paper and to draw Jesus in our lives – and in the lives of other.

Always the obligation to retrace Jesus Christ in our persons: We will meditate especially …on the virtues of our Lord Jesus Christ, for these should be obvious in the life of our members.

Retreat notes, October 1831, EO XV n. 163

Think of persons who are models for us. We admire them and some particular characteristic. Because we find that attractive we wish to be transformed into what we admire. Eugene invites us to meditate on Jesus in the Gospel and in his ongoing Risen presence today, and to allow him to transform us.

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  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    I struggle this morning – drawing the image of Jesus Christ in our persons. For all that I seem able to see clearly are my failings, my shortcomings, my weaknesses – my own not ‘good-enough’. I think for a moment of a line from the Psalms: “For I know my transgressions; my sin is always before me.”

    Like an addiction somehow, for I see them but also seem quite unable to overcome them.

    Jesus the Christ, my Beloved – not some distant and vague person of history – no – he who is my God, the one to whom I give all of myself. And yet, there is that area(s) that remains such a glaring weakness before my eyes.

    How do I allow you to transform me Lord? Is it only in certain areas? I am struck by how Eugene suffered with his own weaknesses, his brokenness and still he persevered.
    Fidelity comes to mind.

    I sit here wondering what part of Jesus I can trace? This morning I choose your heart Lord, your radiant heart. Remember how I would daily ask for your heart. Sometimes it seems so easy. As I draw closer though I see behind the image of your Risen presence the Cross. Part and parcel. One image, but the depth of that! All a part of the whole.

    I am relieved for a moment because the tracing is not complete – it is not yet finished.

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