In November Eugene is back in Marseilles and he writes a beautiful short letter to Fr. Casimir Aubert.  It is a letter about love.

“My dear child. I dislike having to resort to the pen to express the ineffable feelings of my heart. Happily your gentle soul understands mine without need of speech, and I too miss nothing of what issues from yours. My love attracts and unites your heart to me, independently of distance that can separate us only physically.” (551:VIII in Oblate Writings)

What a treat this is to read this gift of love given by Eugene to Aubert!  He is able to express so well the love that is most perfect – it is a love that does not rest with gender or the physical.  It is a love that has come from a heart and that grows to reach and connect with the infinite.  I would never have thought such a love possible or real but my own experiences tells me it is true.  This is a love that is born in God and grows in God and that takes over and orders all of life.  It is a love that is most perfect and allows us to weather any storm that might rise and engulf us.

I almost hesitate to stop and really sit in this love – but my heart will not be denied.  I believe that this love can only be recognized when it is experienced.  It is not something that we can learn from a book or know from another speaking of it.  It is most simply put the greatest of gifts from God, an ‘entering into and becoming one with.


About Eleanor Rabnett

Oblate Associate
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