Eugene continues to reflect on how he shall be with the priests and parishes of his new diocese.
“The whole thing is to act only with a view to pleasing God and to acquit oneself worthily of the charge he has imposed on me. […] St. Gregory Nazianzen used to say already in his time that he drew down on himself great evils and persecutions because in everything he had considered God alone, and St. Bernard wrote that purity of intention in a pastor consists in seeking only God’s glory and the salvation of his people...” (185:XV in Oblate Writings)
I love Eugene’s opening line of doing everything with a view to loving God.
Everything – absolutely everything in life that we experience, live, let go of – all of is with a view of God – praising God, thanking God, offering everything to God. It all revolves, begins and ends with God.
“’In him we live and move and have our being.” Acts 17:28 That is what I want to take with me today as I begin my chores and do my running around.