Writings of St. Peter Julian Eymard


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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
Openness of Heart.pdf
This conference will dwell on openness of heart. The principle of perfection for each of us depends on our fidelity to grace. This is all-important. God calls each one to a particular perfection, to follow counsels of perfection. On the other hand, all perfection is based on obedience. […] Obedience is faith in practice, humility in action. Because our Lord based perfection upon abnegation and abnegation is the sacrifice of the whole person, the practice of obedience must be made to a pe
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    1860
Renouncing the Mind the Heart and the Will.pdf
My Sisters, in our last meeting, we told you that you had to be free […] and you certainly understand why this is important. In order to be always with God, you must not be occupied with extraneous thoughts and affections – let us add: we must be free from the evil ones in order to have peace: Deny yourselves (cf. Mt 16:24), says our Lord.
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    1859
Mistrust of Self_ Confidence and Rest in the God Alone.pdf
Your heart should always be pleased with God, my Sisters, since he has been so good to you by granting you precious graces during this retreat. He has shown you not only the truth about holiness, but also the truth of his love for you. It’s a great thing to know God and his grace, and to know the love of the angels. To know his love for you is wonderful. You know that God loves you and you have said: I will love him greatly; his love will be my life: he will be my law; he will be my norm
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    1866
How to Acquire Virtues.pdf
The subject of this conference is how to acquire virtues. You must become virtuous, evidently, because the holiness of our Lord is nothing other than the practice of his virtues. First of all, how can one acquire virtues? My Sisters, virtue can be divided into three things, or three states: first, its act, then its habit, and the spirit of a virtue. We must aim at acquiring the spirit of a virtue – this requires some work, and a certain knowledge.
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    1862
Humility_ The Characteristic Virtue of an Adorer.pdf
Let us place ourselves in the presence of our Lord Jesus Christ, etc. My Sisters, as adorers, what must be your special virtue? It is the humility of love of our Lord. It is only by that virtue that you will please the Good Master. It is only in this way that you will be true adorers; and that alone will make you happy. Of course! It is only the virtue of humility that will make you true disciples of our Lord, and that will make you enter into the love of our Lord. Our Lord reveals hims
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    1866
Love of the Cross.pdf
In our last meeting, I spoke to you about Christian mortification; we will continue this topic and complete it. From the pulpit you hear, and from books you read that you must love the cross. It is already admirable to suffer with patience, but the truth is that we must love the cross. Whoever does not yet love the cross is not a true disciple, a follower of Jesus crucified. You ask: How can you love something that makes you suffer? Corporal penance makes us suffer, mortification of the hea
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    1861
Hidden Life in the Virtues.pdf
My good Daughters, I think you understood what I told you the last time, namely, that you should be happy. To be happy is already good, but you must even be joyful. It is my desire that your charity with each other should be a heartfelt charity. And so, try to do things as they should be done. When you are [involved] in a religious exercise, it calls for the charity of edification; when you are with the sick, the charity of compassion – the sisters who care for the sick must be very gentle
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    1860
Direction and Vocation.pdf
My Sisters, in the service of God we need a grace of consolation, in order to find strength in times of trial. Some people always want to proceed through the cross. That’s presumption and they will fail. Others want to force themselves: that’s fine providing the Good Lord is the one carrying them. When they refuse consolations, that’s self-love. There should always be a mixture of consolations and desolations. In any event, we must remain at peace, because the Good Lord knows what i
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    1860
Death For Life.pdf
How blessed you are, my Sisters, to have been called to this Eucharistic vocation! In order to arrive at the perfection of your vocation, you must become convinced and motivated by three major points. The first is suffering. […] Every Christian must suffer to gain salvation. Since it is an obligation for all Christians, all the more reason for you who came, not for your salvation, but to adore and follow our Lord in the Eucharist. […] The devil will tempt you in a thousand ways; your s
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    1858
Hidden Life in Piety.pdf
My dear Sisters, we have spoken about our hidden life in the virtues; now we will speak about our hidden life in piety. Avoid extraordinary piety, because you would then leave aside the hidden life. Extraordinary piety consists in doing things that others don’t do, which make people say: See how pious that person is; she does what the saints do. It would be wrong for us, for all the more reason, to do unusual things that would draw attention to ourselves. Our piety must be such that it b
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    1860
Grace.pdf
How will you recognize an abiding grace in yourself? First of all, it must be according to your vocation; otherwise, it is a false light. The Good Lord does not contradict himself. When you are following your given task, according to the rule of the moment, and you feel drawn elsewhere, you can say: This does not come from God. Set it aside – that’s how you can discern for an external grace.
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    1860
Detachment.pdf
My good Sisters, let’s examine an important question, the question of death and of grace. What kind of work does grace do in us? How does the Good Lord lead us to himself and even to heaven if you love him enough? So far, this question seems simple enough: it is the fundamental question of holiness, of the work of God in us. What is the goal, or if you prefer, what is the work of the love of God in us? The Good Lord is always detaching us – he gives us everything in the natural and supe
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    1862
Conditions for Direction. What Needs to be Said.pdf
My good Sisters, we will have direction tomorrow. Today, you can simply take stock of yourselves. To make good direction, you have to know how to proceed – we’ll talk about that, because the purpose of the retreat is to find the Good Lord, to know ourselves, and to make ourselves known.
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    1862
Admonition. Spiritual Direction. Religious Practices.pdf
Retreat is a time to pay one’s debts, and also to make great strides in correcting one’s faults. It’s a time to consult a monitor, to talk with our mother [superior], to ask her advice. Mother must see all the novices – they can also see their mistress [of novices]. You should talk about your external defects, because our character, our routine, and our forgetfulness can fool us. That’s why fraternal correction should warn us about these external defects. We should not make a bi
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    1862
About Direction.pdf
Direction should take place preferably after a few days of retreat, when you are more recollected. At this time you are not sufficiently recollected; wait a while. This direction is not about your sins, but about your defects. Talk about your defects. I presume that you know them. To make known your defects, if you know them, you begin by telling them as you know them, and then the confessor, who has the grace, will complete what you say. You may know your defects, but you don’t have the
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    1866
The Life of the Blessed Virgin in the Cenacle.pdf
Let us reflect on the life of the Blessed Virgin in the Cenacle. Everyone has a center of life that gives stability. For example, a child’s center of life is the affection of its mother, its family home. A merchant’s center of life is his business, he thinks only of that, and dwells there. A scholar’s center of life is knowledge, etc. Every person has a center of life, in which to rest, recreate, and find pleasure. A young man may work the entire day far from his family; he is happy
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    1861
The Grace of Consolation.pdf
My Sisters, concerning the gentleness of God there is an error that I would like to correct if you ever had the misfortune to fall into it. Briefly, it is this. Some pious persons really want to love God, but, in their love for the cross, suffering, and penance, they reject the consolations that God wants to give them. This must not be done.
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    1861
The Good Lord Unites Us to Himself by Gentleness.pdf
My Sisters, the Good Lord unites us to himself by gentleness; it is through the gentleness of this union that he leads us to strength. I often spoke to you about sacrifices, virtues, and everything that you should do; but you should not center in these sacrifices, in that state of death that I spoke of. This is not your center. The Good Lord does not unite us to himself through sacrifice, but through the experience of his goodness. He makes us feel a great sweetness, a sign of the grace of G
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    1862
The Four Ends of the Sacrifice. Adorationdocx.pdf
My Sisters, you know that we honor the entire Eucharist by the four ends of the sacrifice: not by only one; we take all four of them. These four are: adoration, thanksgiving, reparation, and intercession. Some communities have chosen only one or two of these fruits, one or two of these ends; some have only adoration and thanksgiving, such as in Brittany, and as Fr. Hermann does. This is a work of thanksgiving, not an order. I don’t know any order of thanksgiving . These are associations t
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    1862

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