10 St. John Eudes Things that Caught My Eye Today (Aug. 19, 2015)

10 St. John Eudes Things that Caught My Eye Today (Aug. 19, 2015) August 19, 2015

1. A tweet from last night:

2. At St. Peter’s in Rome.

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6. From a treatise on the admirable Heart of Jesus by Saint John Eudes in the Liturgy of the Hours today:

I ask you to consider that our Lord Jesus Christ is your true head and that you are a member of his body. He belongs to you as the head belongs to the body. All that is his is yours; breath, heart, body, soul and all his qualities. All of these you must use as if they belonged to you, so that in serving him you may give him praise, love and glory. You belong to him as a member belongs to the head. This is why he earnestly desires you serve and glorify the Father by using all our faculties as if they were his.

He belongs to you, but more than that, he longs to be in you, living and ruling in you, as the head lives and rules in the body. He desires that whatever is in him may live and rule in you: his breath in your breath, his heart in your heart, all the faculties of his soul in the faculties of your soul, so that these words may be fulfilled in you: Glorify God and bear him in your body, so that the life of Jesus may be made manifest in you.

You belong to the Son of God but more than that you ought to be in Him as members are in the head. All that is in you must be incorporated into him. You must receive life from him and be ruled by him. There will be no true life for you except in him, for he is the one source of true life. Apart from him you will find only death and destruction. Let him be the only source of your movements, of the actions and the strength of your life.

He must be both the source and the purpose of your life, so that you may fulfil these words: None of us lives as his own master and none of us dies as his own master. While we live, we are responsible to the Lord, and when we die we die as his servants. Both in life and death we are the Lord’s. That is why Christ died and came to life again, so that he may be Lord of both the dead and the living.

Finally you are one with Jesus as the body is one with the head. You must then have one breath with him, one soul, one life, one will, one mind, one heart, And he must be your breath, heart, love, life, your all. These great gifts in the follower of Christ originate from baptism. They are increased and strengthened through confirmation and making good use of other graces that are given by God. Through the holy eucharist they are brought to perfection.

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8. In Magnificat today:

Being the principle, the exemplar, and the end of man and of all creatures, God wishes men to return to him as to their origin, to imitate him, to model their life and their actions on him as their exemplar, to follow him as their rule, to work towards him with all their strength, by every thought, word, and actions, as to their last end. To render him capable of doing this, God has given man a mind, a heart, and a will to know and love him, to return to him, to imitate him, and to tend unceasingly to him as to his center. And in order that man may do so with joy and facility, God has enlightened his mind with the light of faith, has poured divine grace into his soul, and enkindled love in his heart.
But what has ungrateful man done? He has become separated from God and devoted his interests to self. Instead of employing his love for God, he has devoted it to himself and developed self-love. Instead of returning to God as to his principle, he has turned away from him. Instead of referring to God all the blessings of nature and grace, man appropriates them to himself by complacency and self-esteem, as if they came from himself, who is only nothingness. Instead of following God as his exemplar and his rule, he follows the rule of passions. Instead of allowing himself to be led by the spirit of God, he desires no other guidance than that of his own inclination. Instead of tending to God as to his end, taking his repose in him and doing everything for him, man wishes to tend wholly to himself, and to do everything for self.
Who is God? God is he whose will, interest, pleasure, and honor should be preferred before every other will, interest, pleasure, and honor. What does the sinner do? He prefers his own will, interest, pleasure, and honor to the will, interest, pleasure, and honor of God. Thus he usurps the place of God, makes a God of self, falls into self-adoration, and pays self the homage which belongs to God alone. This is what we have done every time and as often as we have sinned.

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