As Eugene sets out for Rome he writes to his dearest friend and confident Henri Tempier.  It is evident that he does not know why he has been called to Rome, only that he must obey.

“Everything must be sanctified by supernatural obedience. It is a matter of the good of the Church. After saying: Si fieri potest transeat a me calix iste, I go on to say: fiat voluntas tua.”  .”  (Letter to Father Tempier, at Marseilles – 449:VIII in Oblate Writings)

The Latin is taken from scripture – Matthew 26:39 and translates to “If it be possible let this cup pass away from me, Thy will be done.”

I see Eugene as setting out to march into the lion’s den – not knowing if there are lions or lambs, how many or if he will ever march out.  Complete trust in God, doing as he feels called because he can do no less that that, no less than to give his all for God.

His words to Henri Tempier confirms though his painful struggle in leaving as he quotes what Jesus said in the Garden of Gethsemeny.  It would seem that Eugene is on his own journey along the road to Calvary – not his first time there and I expect not his last.

What does my path look like?  I think I recognize it – that road where I am called to walk down –  to let go of whatever it is I want to hold on to.  The Cross beckons, jut as it did with Eugene – this was Lent in his life, just as it is now in mine.  I will  can only say ‘yes Lord, Thy will be done’.



About Eleanor Rabnett

Oblate Associate
This entry was posted in St. Eugene de Mazenod and tagged . Bookmark the permalink.

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out /  Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out /  Change )

Connecting to %s