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.
“I have been put to death on the cross with Christ; still I am living; no longer I, but Christ is living in me; and that life which I now am living in the flesh I am living by faith, the faith of the Son of God, who in love for me, gave himself up for me”
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… :
Fr. Marie-Eugene imagines the way Maria looked at the dead body of her son Jesus taken down from the Cross and laid in her arms :
At all stages of his life, Fr. Marie-Eugene went through the brazier of suffering :
During the illness that eventually took him away he experienced his weakness more than ever :
At each stage, his trust and his living faith grow so that he can say :
Yesterday, during the medical examinations [they lasted for three hours], I prayed all the time on the [examining] table. I was asked if I didn’t suffer too much on that table… Of course I suffered, in my spinal column, in my whole body… But it didn’t matter, I was with the Holy Trinity, time didn’t seem long to me. (Fr. Marie-Eugene, GG, p. 262)