Almost every evening I am with you before the Blessed Sacrament when you are saying your evening prayers. I delight in this thought in the chapel of M. Liautard where I go at that hour to adore our divine Master. Think of me at that moment.
Here we come across one of the pillars of Eugene’s spiritual practice: his evening meditation before the Eucharist through which he communes with all the persons who are important in his life. In Oblate tradition we call this practice “oraison.” Eugene’s writings give us an idea of the importance of this practice, especially when the members of his missionary family were geographically dispersed.
Oraison was a time of informal prayer where he could commune with God and with his loved ones in the Communion made possible by Jesus Christ. Here he received strength for whatever he was doing:
It is my only consolation for I pine far from you; nothing lessens our separation.
Pray for the blind or the wicked who are troubling us.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 26 July 1817, O.W. VI n. 18