Reflecting on this self-presentation has shown me a flesh-and-blood saint – a person who, because of and even despite himself, was a powerful channel for the grace of God for others. His struggles to reconcile seemingly opposite aspects of his character found their strength in his relationship with Jesus the Saviour. He was able to proclaim Evangelizare pauperibus misit me – pauperes evangelizantur– precisely because he experienced the Saviour in his own poverty and in his own internal and external struggles. His life was thus dedicated to bringing others to his same experience of salvation.
I learn a lot from Eugene and am convinced that by getting to know him better and presenting him in a less “plaster-statue” way, people can find him an attractive model for being transformed by and following the Saviour by living and acting according to the values of His Kingdom.