Through the eyes of our crucified Saviour we see the world which he redeemed with his blood, desiring that those in whom he continues to suffer will know also the power of his resurrection (cf. Phil 3: 10).
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Fr. Jetté reflects: “we are invited to contemplate the cross, Christ’s suffering not only within ourselves but also in others. Our desire is ‘that those in whom he continues to suffer will know also the power of his resurrection’.” (F. Jetté, The Apostolic Man, p. 59)
Eugene’s first recorded homily, in the Madeleine Church, put this view into practice:
Lift yourselves towards heaven where your minds should be set, our citizenship is in heaven (Phil. 3:20), let your eyes see for once beneath the rags that cover you, there is within you an immortal soul made in the image of God whom it is destined to possess one day, a soul ransomed at the price of the blood of Jesus Christ, more precious in the eyes of God than all earth’s riches, than all the kingdoms of the earth, a soul of which he is more jealous than of the government of the entire universe.
Christians, know then your dignity, with St. Leo I will call you sharers in the divine nature.
Notes for the first instruction in the Church of the Madeleine, 1813, EO XV n. 114