The practice of “oraison” that was important for Eugene is illustrated in this beautiful text:
We should often come together like this, in Jesus Christ, our common center where all our hearts become as one and our affections are brought to fulfilment.
Although physically separated from his Oblate brothers, Eugene always practiced the prayer of “oraison” – of being united with them in the Eucharistic presence of Jesus Christ. Each day when he prayed in his chapel, he was united with his brothers, wherever they were.
Dear friends, this is my bouquet for this beautiful feast day.
Letter to Jean Baptiste Mille and to the Fathers and Brothers at Billens, 1 November 1831, EO VIII n 406
What a beautiful tradition Eugene has left us! We can be present with our loved ones in the presence of Jesus who makes us one, despite geographical distance. This is the true meaning of Eugene’s “oraison.”