In a letter written to Fr. Courtès, at Aix a couple of days after his retreat Eugene shares some of what he came away with from that retreat.
“I am no longer astonished at the saluberrimi operis [good work] when I consider that the end of our Institute is the same as Our Lord proposed to himself when he came into the world. I come across I don’t know how many passages which are proof again and again of the perfection of our Institute and the excellence of the means it puts at our disposal to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ and his apostles. I could go on for ever on this subject.” (Letter to Father Courtès at Aix – 407:VIII in Oblate Writings)
I find great peace and strength in what he writes – his realisations during the retreat have been like re-affirmations of all that he is trying to be and do. They are to my mind immeasurable blessings.
“I am no longer astonished at the saluberrimi operis [healthy work] when I consider that the end of our Institute is the same as Our Lord proposed to himself when he came into the world.” I dare to say that is one of the joys and consolations of realising and living our vocation. It comes from God, it is of God. That is why there is the joy. In the beginning we do not always see that as we move out of desires and passions, sometimes coming out of the dark into light by a force that both invites and compels. And then to be able to look back and see where it fits in or what fits into it – that is a blessing. It is here that we give thanks to God for inspiring and inviting us.
I find myself wanting to make time for further reflection on this and to explore what this looks like in my life. How blessed are we!