LOVE IMPRINTS ITS CHARACTER IN MY SOUL, IT IS INDESTRUCTIBLE
In France it is the custom to send greetings to everyone for the new year (unlike the custom of sending Christmas wishes in some other parts of the world). Eugene responds here to the new year greetings of Father Courtès. He had been a member of Eugene’s youth congregation in Aix and one of the first novices to join the Missionaries in 1817 – ths having a special place in the Founder’s heart
It was with delight, my dear Courtès, that I read the letter you sent me for the New Year. I truly needed to hear from yourself the sentiments that you express to me so well and which correspond with those that I have always had for you.
Love imprints its character in my soul, it is indestructible. It is the final answer to all.
Letter to Father Hippolyte Courtés, 4 January 1843, EO X n 785
Eugene’s whole life was motivated by love as the final answer to all: love of God and love of others.
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