SAINT EUGENE, THE PRIEST WHO AIMED TO LOVE WITH THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST  – IN HIS OWN WORDS

Impelled by a force from outside of himself, Eugene left Aix and followed:

The vocation that called me to dedicate myself to the service and happiness of my neighbour, whom I loved with the love of Jesus Christ for people.

Diary, 31 March 1839, E.O. XX

1808 Seminarian in Saint Sulpice, Paris:

I dedicated myself to the service of the Church because it was persecuted, and because it had been abandoned.

Letter to his father, 7 December 1814, E.O. XV n, 129

21 December 1811, ordination to the priesthood in Amiens:

You, you alone will be the sole object to which will tend all my affections and my every action. To please you, act for your glory, will be my daily task, the task of every moment of my life. I wish to live only for you, I wish to love you alone and all else in you and through you. I despise riches, I trample honours under foot; you are my all, replacing all else. My God, my love and my all: Deus meus et omnia.

Notes made during the retreat in preparation for priestly ordination, December 1-21, E.O. XIV n.95

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1 Response to SAINT EUGENE, THE PRIEST WHO AIMED TO LOVE WITH THE LOVE OF JESUS CHRIST  – IN HIS OWN WORDS

  1. Eleanor Rabnett, Oblate Associate says:

    I think for a moment how imperfect my love for God – Jesus – my Beloved is.

    Do I dare to say that I “have loved with the love of Jesus Christ for people”? Oh to be like Eugene, but this morning, with him and his immense heart I feel very small and plain. So imperfect is my love – it is there only because there is within me a desire to love as Jesus loves me. Jesus has loved me first and the reception of that love gave birth to my wanting to love others just as I am loved; to share all that I have been given. Even my desire to love comes from something outside of myself.

    And my love of and for the Church, my love of the Church comes from it being a gift that God has given to me. I am not the initiator of this; I am, at best, responding to that which has been given to me. And yet as I sit here – this is where I have been called to be, how I have been called to be.

    Eugene’s words “I wish to live only for you, I wish to love you alone and all else in you and through you… My God, my love and my all…” seem to breathe new life into my heart. My little heart has been like the early morning coals in the fire – there is a small red glow which seems to grow fainter as I look at it. Jesus, speaking through Eugene is like a breath slowly giving new life to the fire of the coal; bringing new life with wisps of smoke until a tiny flame appears from within first one coal and then another. As the flame grows so the others around also catch fire.

    Oh Eugene as you speak with us each morning, your love of God being that breath that awakens our spirits, our hearts so that we too can say with you: “My God, my love and my all…”

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