POOR, ROUGH, IGNORANT PEOPLE, THAT MY CARE WILL EMBRACE

Episcopal consecration would give Eugene a particular relationship with the Church:

No, may I never be dominated by an individualistic, proud or opinionated attitude, always simple in my faith, always united in doctrine, even opinion, and teaching with the Church and her visible Head the Vicar of Jesus Christ.

Then his Oblate heart shines through: the importance of always being close to his people. As a titular (“auxiliary”) bishop he would not have a diocese, but he committed himself to love whoever was entrusted to his care.

Poor, rough, ignorant people, dear children, object of my first concern in my priestly ministry, the Church commends you to me now I am a pontiff. Ah! you will by no means be forgotten, you will always be the most precious portion, I do not say of my flock, I do not have one as such, but that my care will embrace in every place where I may be summoned to exercise my ministry.

Retreat before being consecrated bishop, 7-14 October 1832, EO XV n 166

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One Response to POOR, ROUGH, IGNORANT PEOPLE, THAT MY CARE WILL EMBRACE

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    For a moment I listen to Eugene “…you will always be the most precious portion […] that my care will embrace in every place where I may be summoned”. I find myself telling God that I am his most precious portion – that we are his most precious portion that does not in any way lessen the love that I am drenched with. I am His most precious portion.

    Where does this yearning, this need and drive for more come from? I want it all – not just from God, but from those around me. There it is. I am human and I want something that has ‘skin’ (remember Ron Rolheiser’s stories). I think for a moment of Mother Theresa and her endless yearnings to ‘feel’ loved and yet how she loved even as she experienced these wants.

    This morning has been more personal than I would have expected. So dear Eugene, pray for me, intercede for me – all that and more. This is not what I envisaged as I entered into this space. Isn’t it strange and yet wonderful how your care embraces me.

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