Writings of St. Peter Julian Eymard


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Our Lord Wants You Completely for Himself.pdf
What is the goal of your Eucharistic vocation? This is what we must examine this morning in a special way before God. Why did you come to his Cenacle? You will answer rightly that this is your goal. But what is God’s goal? Our reply is reduced to three ideas: our Lord wants you completely for himself, only for himself, and always for himself.
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    1861
Confidence in God.pdf
God tests those whom he loves; therefore, we should not be surprised if we undergo a few trials. When we want to sell certain metals, we put them in the crucible. We will quickly see if the metal is pure. If we are buying something, we test it; if it is no good, we will notice it right away and we will not want it. In the same way, since the Eucharistic work should last until the end of the world, pray hard, my Sisters, so that it will conquer all the obstacles that the devil brings up and w
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    1858
A Servant of the Most Blessed Sacrament Was Created for Our Lord.pdf
My Sisters, this morning we will meditate on the truth that you were created uniquely for our Lord, and therefore you must belong totally to him. My Sisters, don’t think that you were created for yourselves. If you were created for yourselves, you would be your own purpose. But a created being cannot be its own end. You were not created to be happy in yourself. You might say: I was created for heaven, to be happy. Let us be clear: yes, if you seek happiness in a secondary way. A servant
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    1861
We Must Leave Ourselves to Enter into Our Lord.pdf
My Sisters, in the last conference we were saying that the first work of grace is self-detachment. If we review our life, we see that the Good Lord is always working to free us by detaching us, distancing us either from sources of temptation, or occasions [that drain our] affection. Why? In order to fill us – that’s clear. Our Lord disengages us from the world and from ourselves, in order to fill us, to take over our hearts, to become truly our life. In this way, my good Sisters, we
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    1862
We Must Not Dwell in Sacrifices.pdf
We have spoken about sacrifice – now we must complete this idea. You will have sacrifices to offer every day, because this is the nourishment of love
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    1861
Three Kinds of Life.pdf
My Sisters, your meditation will be on the life of our Lord Jesus Christ. St. Paul said: I live, and then he corrects himself, it is no longer I, but Christ who lives in me (cf. Gal 2:20), and in another passage he says: For to me life is Christ (cf. Phil 1:21). We should also be able to say: It is no longer I who live, it is Jesus Christ who lives in me – he is my life.
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    1860
The Spirit of Sacrifice.pdf
You must not run after sacrifices, as sacrifices in themselves. This would be like a servant who is unwilling to remain next to his master; worried and impatient, he prefers to go out and work for him, rather than remain with him. That’s what happens when we love our sacrifices as sacrifices, when we place our life in them, when we make them our center – preferring to work for God, rather than work with God.
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    1861
We Must Immerse Ourselves into the Love of Our Lord.pdf
Once in a while, we need to renew our courage, to re-immerse ourselves into our resolution to belong solely to our Lord Jesus Christ in the most Blessed Sacrament. A regular life easily leads to routine, I might even say to laziness. We get used to even the holiest things, to the point that they become mechanical and natural. We really must re-immerse ourselves into the grace of our vocation, in order to be ever fresh and enter into it more perfectly. We need to evaluate ourselves once in a
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    1859
The Humility of Love.pdf
You will make your meditation on the humility of love. A king wanted to get married. He was a perfect king, with all the qualities that make great kings. He had a large kingdom and he was honored by his subjects. He wanted to espouse someone worthy of him. All who were part of a princely family were hoping to catch his eye and please him, but everyone was surprised when his choice landed on the least girl in his kingdom. Everyone was saying: How could the king have taken someone whose pare
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    1860
The Hidden Life of Jesus.pdf
Our Lord preferred to choose the hidden life, from his birth to the time when he began his public life. For thirty years, he lived unknown to the world, but his love for the hidden life shines in all its brilliance in the most Blessed Sacrament. In fact, nothing appears there – all is veiled: his beauty, his majesty, and his glory are not seen. The divine gentleness of his words is not heard; only one thing is evident, the virtue he cherishes – humility.
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    1858
The Humility of Mind Heart and Body.pdf
My Sisters, I think you were attentive to your short meditation this morning – it fits you well. Humility is your dowry as spouses of Jesus Christ, to be Servants of the Most Blessed Sacrament. You have no other. If the Good Lord asked you for another dowry, you could not give it to him. Examine all the virtues, and you’ll find them impossible. You may practice them a little, but their perfection is impossible for you. It’s the same with the virtues of the mind, those that come from
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    1860
We Must Serve God According to Our State.pdf
My Sisters, let us develop a truth that is at once important and difficult. It is my hope that the Good Lord will enlighten you about it. We must serve God according to our internal and external state. This is necessary because it is the certain expression of God’s will when we are in a transitional state, and then especially when he places us in a permanent state [of soul]. It is a proof that he wants that state for us and how it affects us at that time. Desiring to serve God outside of one
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    1859
Three Kinds of Peace.pdf
There is peace of conscience, which you surely have. Peace of conscience consists in having nothing to accuse oneself of before God. I’m not talking about mortal sins, but about venial sins. This peace is a sign that all is well with God. It is not lost by the intrusion of the senses; nor from our evil nature which is not premeditated. These are mere odors from a dunghill – excuse the word. It does not disturb our peace if we know how to return to God with compunction. On the contrary
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    1860
We Must Die to Everything with Our Lord.pdf
My Sisters, you must live from the Eucharistic life of our Lord. What is that Eucharistic life? You must understand it well, because it must be the rule and end of your life. The Eucharistic life of our Lord is the form that his love chose to remain in our midst. Since that form is a form of annihilation, it is also what he wanted to teach us, so that we could always say: Learn from me, for I am meek and humble of heart (Mt 11:29). This annihilation of our Lord out of love required that h
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    1862
The Mystery of Suffering.pdf
We have set down an important principle: through suffering God sanctifies souls. You probably already know this, but if you have never suffered, you don’t. Today, I want to speak to you about the mystery of suffering.
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    1860
The Hidden Holiness of Jesus Christ.pdf
Let us return to the subject of our hidden life. Be satisfied with the holiness of Jesus Christ, who is hidden. Jesus Christ has two kinds of holiness. There is one that is external, in great things, in his glory, in his heroic virtues. Don’t seek the holiness of the grandeur of Jesus Christ. That one is less perfect, less esteemed by Jesus. Consider his hidden life, where there is more love. There was more love in Nazareth than on Tabor. In Nazareth he deferred his miracles. Jesus is g
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    1860
The Health of the Soul.pdf
What I desire is the health of your soul. When do we know that we have it? When we are faithful to his grace. The body is healthy when it has strength in its organs; the soul that is faithful to grace has interior health: it has strength and the love of God. When we are sick, work will exhaust us: everything is tiring; food is not digested by the stomach. When a soul is sick, nothing will be beneficial to her, or will benefit only slightly – she has not the strength to carry out her work:
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    1860
The Eucharistic Thought.pdf
My good Sisters, may you have only one fundamental idea, only one thought, only one center. When this royal thought, this fundamental idea weakens and becomes indolent, strengthen it through recollection, through penance, through every means, so that it will always remains central. What must this thought be? That of the service of our Lord in the most Blessed Sacrament. It must be central, so as to guide your perfection. This is the reason for your being around the Holy Eucharist: to serve
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    1859
The Essence of Love Is Suffering.pdf
I ask this question: what is the essence of love? How do we know that we love God? And how does God perfect this love? This is a good question: what is the essence of the love of God on earth? The answer is this: suffering – by suffering we unite ourselves to God, and God perfects his love in us through suffering. I must explain this well.
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    1860
The Interior Attraction of Recollection.pdf
My Sisters, we said that you must serve God through your attraction of grace. We gave some preliminaries; now let’s continue. It is clear that we must serve God as he wants to be served – the will of God becomes the norm for good works. We will experience great consolation and encouragement, once we have established this principle! Who knows whether the Good Lord is pleased when I practice this specific virtue, when I enter this vocation? Who knows if God is happy? As soon as I start d
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    1859
The Spirit of Nature and the Spirit of Grace.pdf
My Sisters, today we shall talk about the spirit that should move you and various other spirits. I will try to complete what I said about the attraction of grace, since I did not have time to finish. Right away, I am informing you that it is a difficult subject.[…] It is not something palpable and accessible to the senses. We shall examine the movements of the soul. I will not talk about the movements of the evil spirit – spare me that. I will not talk about them, since everyone knows
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    1860
Why Our Lord Suffered.pdf
Since we are meditating on the passion of our Lord, one recurring question is this: […] Why does the love of God have its perfection in very great suffering? Why did the Son of God suffer? He could have shown his love to us in another way. This was a stumbling block to Jews and foolishness to the pagans (cf. 1 Cor 1:23), and it still is for Christians. Why does he place his reign in the cross? The answer is easy: he chose suffering in order to redeem us.
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    1861
The Dominant Virtue of a Servant of the Blessed Sacrament.pdf
My Sisters, I have to leave next week, and so I cannot give your retreat. You have enough things to read, and the Good Lord will do the rest. I think that you had a good Christmas season. Very often these great feasts are times of trial; we suffer more than we rejoice. In the past, we had this experience – it’s true that we are engaged in some ministry: we would go to God through our neighbor rather than through ourselves, through charity rather than through our own piety. What could
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    1860
The Attraction. We Must Serve God by Our Interior State of Grace in our Vocation.pdf
My Sisters, last time we said that we must serve God according to our state, because the state of our soul, like that of our body, is the expression of God’s will; and that the grace of our state was given to us in accord to that state. Consequently, it is the most perfect for us. These states come from God, and, since God loves us, he always gives us what is best for us – if another were better for us, then God would give it to us.
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    1859
The Grain of Wheat.pdf
My Sisters, it is necessary that you should become like the grain of wheat, the substance of which is totally transformed. We will consider the grain of wheat reaching its condition as a host, becoming Jesus Christ. That will give you an idea of what you need to do to attain eucharistic life. The grain of wheat is cast on earth and there it dies and its life springs from its death. From this death comes forth a seed. The grain becomes a plant. It becomes the wheat. Then we gather the ear,
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    1860
Silence.Direction.pdf
To live an interior life, we must be silent. The Holy Sprit said: The Lord does not dwell in the storm (cf. 1 Kgs 19:11-12). God speaks with a soft voice, in a gentle manner, and we must pay careful attention to hear him. In one of the psalms he also says through the mouth of the prophet: Listen, my daughter, turn your ear to my voice (cf. Ps 44:11). Our Lord does not speak in cities and in public places (cf. Is 42:2), but in deserts (cf. Hos 2:16), on mountain tops (cf. Mt 5:1); he did not
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    1858
The Attraction of Eucharist.pdf
I told you that we must serve our Lord according to our internal state, because this state is the positive indication of the will of God. Moreover, we must follow the attraction of the grace that then becomes the motivation of all the actions of our life, because that’s why it is offered. The attraction of grace for you can only be a Eucharistic attraction. If you had a different one, it could be a movement of grace, but not an attraction. God cannot contradict himself. He cannot give y
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    1859
Self-love.pdf
We will reflect on the principal enemy to the love of our Lord, since this love must be your life, your perfection, and your crown some day. What is this enemy, my dear Sisters? For us it is not mortal sin or venial sin. What is it? It is self-love, two loves fighting each other – the reign of one necessarily destroys the reign of the other. God is love (cf. 1 Jn 4:8), and man is love – God wants to be loved royally [above all]. Man wants to love royally, but the two loves are always i
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    1859
On Patience.pdf
Our Lord had two states: one state of glory – a divine state by means of his divine nature; and a humble and humiliated state by means of his human nature. In so far as he remained here on earth in a mortal state, he maintained his humiliated state, although he had all the virtues[…]. The same thing happens to us, although in a finite order, with an aspect that is great, beautiful, supernatural and divine, but which is not visible, and should not be so.
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    1866
On Mortification.pdf
We have spoken about two important religious virtues: holy poverty and obedience – virtues that are difficult for human nature. Yet, without the following virtue, a religious could never reach the perfection of her vocation; that virtue, my Sisters, is mortification. To be detached from the things of this world, and to have renounced your will in order to submit to religious obedience will not be worth much if we are not mortified. Mortification is the virtue that makes saints, and you ca
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    1858

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