In four moments, Fr. Emmanuel Hirschauer proposes a discovery of Fr. Marie-Eugene’s teaching about the human person in its corporeality by commenting on the joyful, luminous, sorrowful and glorious mysteries of Jesus’ life.
The Luminous Mysteries
“Do you not know that you are the temple of God and that the Spirit of God dwells in you?” (1 Co 3,16).
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 :
Our body is full of God : the Holy Spirit’s presence of immensity
in the depths of our soul. Since He is a spirit, the Holy Spirit can penetrate everywhere. He is not a thing, He is a living Person. The first thing we have to do is to believe in the Holy Spirit, to become aware of the Holy Spirit’s presence, to develop our faith in the Holy Spirit. When you read The interior Castle of saint Teresa of Avila you notice that she says : « Become aware of God’s presence in you. Who is it ? The Holy Spirit. Intimacy with the Holy Spirit is the first act, the fundamental act of spiritual life.(Fr. Marie-Eugene, Preparation to Pentecost, 1st lecture, 13 May 1959).
Look and smile
God lives in our body, but with great discretion – fortunately ! Sometimes He lets the others see a reflection of His presence. Fr. Marie-Eugene had offered himself so oft to the Holy Spirit that you could see the goodness of God on his fully mature face, marked by time and a lot of suffering. Especially on a person’s face, in his/her look and smile, you can guess which light and joy animate him/her. God is living ; this is how He sometimes let you perceive a ray of His presence. Fr. Marie-Eugene liked to contemplate the smile on people’s faces, « fruit of charity ». » (cf. Retreat 1950, 3rd lecture, p. 20) Our eyes are somehow the door to our soul where God is dwelling :