Writings of St. Peter Julian Eymard


Year Written
All for the Service of Jesus in the Blessed Sacrament.pdf
What pertains to you is adoration: you have the same as we have. Then you have manual labor and retreats for pious women. We also have retreats; regarding manual work we cannot have that. There is a chapter on religious rites. In your rule, there are fine distinctions needed for your position; but the principles are the same. You have had some adjustments, but we haven’t had any yet. The second part of your rule is better than ours: it is clearer. It’s the same rule, but the style is
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    1864
An Active and Spontaneous Love.pdf
Let us meditate on God’s love. Since God’s love is always active, it will not be genuine unless it is active in the world. God’s love has a tendency to make us work out of love, in such a way that God works in us and we in him. God is always active. The Father begets the Son, the Son is begotten by the Father, the Holy Spirit is the love of Father and Son. God is active in the soul because he is the source of its life. My Sisters, if the love of God is in you, it will be active and e
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    1862
Avoid Monotonous Generalities. Preparation Before Adoration.pdf
The Holy Eucharist is not like other devotions that have specialized thoughts and practices, natural only to certain minds and certain mysteries. The Holy Eucharist is the gift par excellence; therefore everything is linked to it. All that you find good can be related to the Most Blessed Sacrament. That is the work of your meditation, your specialty. Your mind might not be well disposed, but you must know how to prepare it. In gold mines, all minerals contain gold – we must learn how to e
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    1860
Be Happy in Your Vocation.pdf
be very happy in your vocation. I tell you to be very happy, not virtuous. The Good Lord has so arranged things that one can be happy when in one’s proper place, both in the order of nature as well as the order of grace. A healthy person will be happy. One who is faithful to God’s grace will be happy. After all, God wants to share his happiness. He shows his pleasure by the joy we experience in this life, as in heaven. I can see that he shows his pleasure to the elect by sharing his
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    1862
Bread. Communion. We Must Reflect.pdf
we will not sing the Te Deum at the closing of the retreat – nothing at all. As a closing, do nothing, because the retreat has no ending, it will simply continue, it will continue bearing fruit. You will remain on retreat, to cultivate, water the divine seed which our Lord has sown in your souls. Consequently, it is unnecessary to break this chain, useless to stop the stream; let it flow. We have done nothing but open the door, now it is up to you to eat – the door is open, you must eat
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    1868
Characteristics of Religious Life.pdf
There are three characteristics3 of religious life: its purpose, its means, and its spirit. Every human project or science has a goal. Likewise, every religious order has its own goal. To attain it, there are means to be used, and a particular spirit. In this community, our purpose is to serve our Lord in the Holy Eucharist, to serve him always, and as perfectly as possible, in so far as we are able. The means to attain this end, or rather the characteristic of this end, is the immolation
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    1858
Charity Toward Our Neighbor.pdf
let us meditate on charity toward our neighbor. Our Lord Jesus Christ said to his disciples: By this love you have for one another, everyone will know that you are my disciples. (cf. Jn 13:35) Notice that the characteristic he mentions does not seem to be one of the most important. He could have said: They will recognize you as my disciples if you love me, if you possess my virtues, my spirit. However, he sets all virtues aside and gives as proof (of discipleship) charity toward our neighbor
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    1860
Christmas. The Contemplation of Love.pdf
the feast of Christmas should be one that is close to your hearts, because as Servants of our Lord, your role begins at the stable, since it is the place of his birth. When kings have an heir, the first preoccupation of the king and queen is to choose the most distinguished person in the kingdom to be the governess and tutor of this child. The heavenly Father gave us his Son, and the Blessed Virgin, his Mother, also gave him to us. The Blessed Virgin is noble enough to be deserve a servant.
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    1861
Christmas.pdf
Here we are on the eve2 of the beautiful feast of Christmas, a mystery full of sweetness and love. Here, Jesus shows himself more loveable, so to speak, than on Calvary. Enter into the dispositions of the most Blessed Virgin, waiting for the birth of her divine Son. Increase your fervor and love, remain in recollection, and unite yourself to Mary to prepare well the celebration of this beautiful feast, so that you may serve the Lord, as he wants you to serve him. Through the prophets Mary kn
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    1859
Concerning the Foundation.pdf
You are now associates2, consequently you participate in all the merits, prayers, and indulgences [of the Society]. We could receive you only personally, verbally, without any rite, becoming your superior by right. Finally, this Society of the Servants of the Most Blessed Sacrament – so much in demand and awaited for – is now founded: it begins today3, feast of St. Ignatius, that great saint whose motto was: All for the greater glory of God. He began in Paris, in the grotto of Montmartre,
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    1859
Conditions for Direction. What Needs to be Said.pdf
This direction should have several conditions. A motive of faith must guide you as you open your soul to this director. You must approach the director with an attitude of faith. If you saw him merely as one who is more educated, more intelligent, you yourself will be the judge of this exchange. You must go as to a master who indicates to you the right road, the will of God. If you act in a spirit of faith, God will reward your faith with peace – not only peace, but light.
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    1862
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
Contemplative Love.pdf
True love for God must come from within. When someone notices that he is not loved from the heart, by a pure and disinterested love, he will say: They love their own interest; they don’t love me. Love is not in its essence; it is in the interior life. No one likes to live with someone who has no heart. We can try giving external signs of love, but that’s not enough. We need compassion, that’s what creates friendship. Supernatural love is the same. The love of God of its nature is si
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    1860
Death For Life.pdf
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 soul will seem abandoned by God, but don’t get discouraged. Our Lord is near at hand to help you. Suffer with peace and joy; suffering is the proof of your love. Whoever loves is not afraid of sufferi
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    1858
Detachment.pdf
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 supernatural order, and then he asks for the sacrifice of everything. First of all, the Good Lord gives us everything in the natural order. You know that a person owns nothing in the natural and supernatural order. He can give away only what God has first given to him. This means that when a person gives something, he is simply g
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    1862
Direction and Vocation.pdf
I would like to show you how much the Good Lord has shown his love for you by putting you at his service out of love. You love the Good Lord, no doubt about that; and he loves you – his very nature is goodness. If I said his love is perpetual, you might not believe me. Do you want to see how much he loves you? He loved you by calling you, and he loved you very much. As a proof of this, look at how your vocation came to you. To form the spouse of a king, many things are needed, much prepa
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    1860
Eucharistic Union.pdf
The Holy Eucharist became the grace of graces, the gift of gifts. I will even say: our Lord loves us more today than he did a hundred years ago. Don’t you see how his great love and goodness passed through many generations constantly multiplying its efforts to reach all the way down to us? Let us bless our Lord for giving us life at a time when exposition of the Blessed Sacrament has greatly increased, and for all the graces that result from it. Never has our Lord been more greatly honored
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    1866
Explanation of the Rule.pdf
let’s continue with the Rule. We said that, like us, you have two purposes. The cult of perpetual adoration; that worship is your purpose. But, be careful, because if we simply called you adorers, you might be confused with those who adore before the tabernacle. These words explain the difference: you have perpetual exposition. You are more privileged than the adorers at Rome that people talk so much about. You have it day and night: you are richer. Why do they do it that way? I don
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    1866
Feast of the Holy Trinity.pdf
the Feast of the Most Holy Trinity. All the others celebrate a particular gift of God or one of the divine persons, like the Feast of the Most Blessed Sacrament, the feast of Jesus Christ himself. This is the feast of the entire Trinity, the three divine persons. Why doesn’t the Church honor it with the same solemnity as the great feasts of Christmas and Easter? The simple reason is that the great feast of the holy Trinity is celebrated in heaven. We can adore the Trinity, but we canno
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    1866
Feast of the Sacred Heart.pdf
In the Office today, we read that, as a memorial of the sufferings and burning love that Jesus showed us during his life, the Church established the Feast of the Sacred Heart as a perpetual memorial of his passion and love. In fact, the essence of devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus is the love that moved him. Love and heart are synonymous. Describing someone we may say, she is a very loving person, highly dedicated. We are really honoring her heart. The heart is the noblest part of the b
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    1866

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