I LOVE MY FRIENDS, SO WORTHY AS THEY ARE OF THAT TITLE

Another glimpse into the heart of the Founder and Superior General. Eugene loves the Oblates and considers them friends – in the same way that he wrote elsewhere that Lazarus was the friend of Jesus

…through all this, although I have a keen desire to be in closer touch with those who have my affectionate love, yet it is such a consoling experience interiorly that I cannot bring myself to lament or regret it; I love my friends, so worthy as they are of that title, for all that they are as well as for all that they achieve; it is a flowing stream that runs in a flood that causes no damage and whose abundant waters can but irrigate and make fertile.

Letter to Henri Tempier, 31 October 1833, EO VIII n 472

This entry was posted in WRITINGS. Bookmark the permalink.

One Response to I LOVE MY FRIENDS, SO WORTHY AS THEY ARE OF THAT TITLE

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    Here we find Eugene in the midst of one of the hardest and most painful struggles of his life and he is reflecting on the love accorded to him by his friends. They are nourishing each other’s hearts in an endless and every growing circle of love. Relationships that might have begun as small trickles of life growing to become torrents of love that sustain and help to grow life.

    I am reminded of “Hells Gate” in British Columbia where a river passes through a narrow gorge in the Fraser Canyon. The mighty Fraser River on its way to the ocean boils and forces itself through a 35 metre passage. To witness this is to be struck in awe by the power of nature and how life is sustained and continues on. Life of all that those waters encounter and feed is subtly changed in the midst of going through that narrow passage.

    There is it seems, a time to love and to be loved. Eugene reaches out to his friends, his Oblates needing some of those waters of love to nourish and help sustain him.

    Is that not what we do here each morning as we come to reflect on how Eugene is our friend, how he shares his life and love with us, shedding his own light on ours? A whole new meaning and depth of what it means to share friendship in love with an other.

    Who is the Lazarus’s in our life? What does it look like to be Lazarus?

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked *