Category: Fr Marie-Eugene Message

The Holy Spirit: a disconcerting friend

The Holy Spirit pushes us, he disturbs us.
This was Fr. Marie-Eugene’s experience, but at the same time he could say at the end of his life : « I call Him my friend and I think I have good reasons for doing so.»
It seems to be a contradiction.
Let us read a few texts to understand his teaching better.

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Glorify God in your body – (1 Co 6, 20) – 3

It is not always possible to smile and sometimes our eyes are full of tears. Suffering is never acceptable as such : « We aspire to happiness, we are made for it » (Fr. Marie-Eugène, lecture, 19 July 1932, GG p. 295) How can we live the trial that bruises us ? To look at Jesus on the cross and let him look at us offers a path… :

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Glorify God in your body – (1 Co 6, 20) – 2

A conviction inspired Fr. Marie-Eugene : God dwells in us ! Following saint Teresa of Avila, he lived from this truth : the Lord dwells in our hearts, his « Paradise ». Not only in our heart or in our soul does God dwell but in our whole body, in our muscles and in our cells :

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Glorify God in your body – (1 Co 6, 20) – 1

Fr. Marie-Eugène (Henri Grialou) grew up with his feet on the ground ! The family relationships are full of love and this had a profound effect on the young Henri, who said much later that he had been « shaped by love from an early age ». He recalled :

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The Prophet Elijah, « a solitary contemplative caught up in the life of his people »

His vocation sets him apart, far away from his community, and draws him to the desert. Separated from the world for a while, he goes where the Spirit moves him. Is the prophet a superman ? No, he is a poor man who experiences his weakness. He is harassed, discouraged by persecution : « It is enough; now, O Lord, take away my life, for I am no better than my fathers » (1 Kings 19, 4) .

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« Prayer » : this word might evoke in us the memory of disappointed great expectations or feelings...

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« There are everywhere people who are seeking God. Ah ! If I could reach them all and tell them...

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