Bishop Eugene had instituted exposition of the Blessed Sacrament in all the parishes of his diocese. Now he decided to personally unite himself with this practice.
During my thanksgiving after Mass a few days ago, God inspired me to pay solemn homage to our Lord Jesus Christ during the exposition of the Blessed Sacrament which takes place in all parishes on Thursdays, Sundays, Mondays and Shrove Tuesday.
To unite himself with his people in this act of common prayer, or oraison, he joined them for a time of personal prayer. I see in thsi an invitation to each of us to pray with and for those who form part of our lives.
I began fulfilling this duty today, and I thank the Lord a thousand times for giving me this good inspiration, because I experienced in this religious act the consolation and happiness that only God can give.
Then, in his Diary at the end of the day, he expressed what he experienced while in prayer before the Eucharistic:
What more does one not ask for when at the foot of the throne of mercy, when one adores, loves, and sees Jesus, our master, our father, the Saviour of our souls, when we speak to Him and He answers our heart with an abundance of consolations and graces? Oh! How quickly this half hour passed, so delightfully used.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 7 February 1839, EO XX
At that time Jesus said, “I praise you, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, because you have hidden these things from the wise and learned, and revealed them to little children. Matthew 11:25