“Goodbye dear friend and all you dear friends. My prayer is that your love will never cease to grow and overflow. I give you my blessing.” (Letter To Father Mille, at Billens, May 30, 1832: 423:VIII in Oblate Writings)
Eugene’s letter was about business and obedience and practical day-to-day things for the men at Billens but it was the very end of the letter that caught me; “My prayer is that your love will never cease to grow and overflow.” I find myself just wanting to sit and experience this gift that Eugene sends to his men.
What a beautiful thought – my prayer is that your love will never cease to grow and overflow. It is a prayer that lifts another up to soar in the heavens of life. I find myself responding with a thought of ‘yes – with that kind of love I cannot fail.’ Everything will all come from that.
I want to paste this as a big sign over my desk so that whenever I approach it I will read it and most assuredly the image of a person(s) will be there. Could anyone ever ask for anything more than that. This is the prayer of love – of totally letting go of self. This is the prayer that I shall say as I hold the other at the foot of the Cross until Jesus takes him or her from me and sends me out for another. This then is the 2nd half of the equation to where my reflection yesterday led me.
I am sure that St. Eugene will not mind that I borrow and share his words – for what better gift to make it through the day. Today my prayer is that your love will never cease to grow and overflow.