“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)