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.