This is my commandment: love one another as I love you” (John 15,12).

Eugene’s retreat meditation continues:

Intimately united with Jesus Christ, their head, they will be as one among themselves, his children, most closely united by the bonds of the most ardent charity, living always under the most perfect obedience to acquire the humility that is so necessary for them:
“Closely united in the bonds of close fraternal charity,” there must be no sulks among them, they must not hurt one another by signs of indifference or coldness,

Retreat notes, October 1831, EO XV n. 163


“No one has greater love than this, to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command you” (John 15,13-14). Eugene proposes Jesus’ obedience and humility as the model which reflects the Letter to the  Philippians chapter 2 (which I invite you to read and pray with)

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  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    Layers upon layers upon layers. This going deeper – an awesome journey when I think about it. To discover that we, that I am not alone.

    I think again for a moment of Jesus on the Cross – “forgive them for they know not what they do” – I think I have always taken that to mean that those who were persecuting and killing Jesus did not know who Jesus really was – and that is true. But also they did not know what they were doing within themselves, to themselves, how they were tearing apart their own hearts without even realising it – hatred, blame, judgement and punishment can do that.

    Paul who I have loved from the very beginning – because I was so much like him in some ways. Transformed – he loved. I notice how he celebrates those who he writes to, he celebrates Timothy and Epaphroditus. Perhaps I can ‘celebrate’ others, their goodness – that is how all of a sudden I want to treat those who might be cold and indifferent, who might punish and judge. I might love that way.

    And Eugene – I look at him counselling against hurting one another with signs of indifference or coldness, no sulks, no ‘punishing’. He knows himself well, and because of that he is able to know others, all others. He can see it without taking it on himself.

    I look at all three – this Lord is how I wish to live, divinity – humanness. It’s not one or the other but rather the both. Not an excuse, simply a statement of what is – this is how I have been created. Hold me Lord – on my own I can do nothing. Continue to pick me up when I stumble. And thank you for all you send my way to guide and walk with me.

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