Writings of St. Peter Julian Eymard


Year Written
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
For Lenten Readings.pdf
One who aspires to union with God will use mortification as the mystical ladder of Jacob (cf.Gn. 28:12). This is the sign of true progress in the journey towards God. It can even be said that one can go to God only through the cross of Calvary. It is the sharp, two-edged sword (cf. Rev 1:16) mentioned in the Book of Revelations. The journey to life passes through death. To know the state of a soul, this is what must be examined. If its detachment is great, this soul is great; if not, then
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    1863
God Created Us for Heaven.pdf
Since you are alive, God loves you. This is even true of a sinner, since God loves him in spite of his sins, constantly pursuing him with his love. We commit so many venial sins, but God acts as if he did not see them, treating us as his beloved children. God loved us from all eternity and, when the time came, he allowed us to be born under the best conditions for our salvation, in the best conditions for service, in the best era of the world, after the incarnation; in the best conditions for
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    1866
Good Will.Safe Guarding the Heart.pdf
The desire itself is love, and love is a great suffering. This is how our Lord prepares us for heaven, so that we can be stripped of self and prepare ourselves in advance for eternal life. Desire is the means, or rather it is everything. You, my Sister, you have desired for a very long time to enjoy the grace of belonging to the Eucharist, of belonging to the family. What is your true destination? Not Nazareth or Bethlehem. Where then? The Cenacle, where our Lord abides forever. You wil
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    1864
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
Gracious. Devoted and Supernatural Charity.pdf
Your charity should have three qualities: it should be supernatural, gracious, and dedicated. Our Lord told his apostles: Love one another. Such as my love has been for you, so must your love be for each other (Jn 13:34). How did our Lord love his apostles? He loved them in a divine, altogether supernatural way. Your charity must then be entirely supernatural. You must love one another with a divine love. Jesus Christ should be its principle. You must love Jesus Christ in your sisters, a
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    1858
Happiness of the Eucharistic Life.pdf
My lover belongs to me and I to him (cf. Sgs 2:16). My good Daughters, these words express the love of the spouse in the Song of Songs. She had searched for her beloved night and day, and no one could show him to her, except he himself; he had to appear to her. She takes a few more steps and cries out: I found him whom my heart loves. I took hold of him and would not let him go (cf. Sgs 3:4).
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    1865
Have a Genuine Love for Each Other.pdf
Have a genuine love for each other in our Lord. You are sisters, even more than in your families. Charity in our Lord is a bond stronger than blood. Love one another sincerely, then. I hope this retreat helped you a little. Realize clearly that if you have fraternal charity, then you will love one another. Never commit any deliberate sins; people must be able to say of you what our Lord said of his apostles: Here, they love each other in God. And believe me, my poor children, be strict in
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    1866
Hidden Life in Piety.pdf
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 blends in with the common and ordinary actions of the community. The application will clarify this for you, better than all
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    1860
Hidden Life in the Virtues.pdf
Nothing unites people more than simplicity. If you were united only by the virtues, one day everything would blow up – I would not have confidence in you. The bond among you must be a bond of affection and congeniality – the result of your love for our Lord and for our mission. St. Paul said, Your love must be heartfelt (cf. 1 Cor 13:4), that is the literal translation – what comes from the heart is done with joy. In that way, you will be a family: you must love each other because you
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    1860
Holy Communion. Life. Nourishment. Strenght and Perfection.pdf
I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly (cf. Jn. 10:10). My Sisters, these are our Lord’s words, defining his entire mission. […] I came so that they might have life and have it more abundantly, that is, a greater holiness and happiness. What then is this life? This does not refer to this passing temporal life with this suffering. This life is the true life of our Lord Jesus Christ. As he himself tells us, I am the life (cf. Jn. 14:6), since he has come to giv
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    1865
Holy Communion (Continued).pdf
The Eucharist, my Sisters, is not given only to strengthen us against temptations and passions, it is the remedy, and only true remedy, to all evils. It is the salutary balm which heals the wounds of our soul made by mortal sin which, even though pardoned, leaves a deep scar on the soul that takes long to heal. The sacrament of penance, it is true, pardons us, purifies us, remits the pain of sin; but this wound remains always in our soul, and we must apply a balm which heals it completely. Th
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    1858
Holy Communion.pdf
From where can we draw that strength, take the medicine for our infirmities? In Holy Communion, my Sisters, that is the remedy, I dare say, the only one, the sole remedy to all our pain. Humans are the weakest of creatures. When God created the world, he hurled the sun, a luminous star, into space and said: Go, give light, warmth and make the earth fruitful. The sun, renewing itself every day, always gives us the same light, the same warmth, without ever weakening, because God has put int
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    1858
How Poorly Jesus Christ Is Loved.pdf
God wants to be the goal of human beings and loved absolutely by them. […] To draw them to his love he gives them goods in this world and paradise hereafter. God cannot have another goal. […] The Holy Spirit said: You will love the Lord your God with all your heart, with all your soul, with all your strength. (cf. Lk 10:27) This is what it means to be human. St. Augustine draws this conclusion: One who does not love God is not human.
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    1860
How to Acquire Virtues.pdf
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
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 himself only to those who are humble and simple. In order for our Lord to be
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    1866
Interior Recollection.pdf
Anyone who does not live an interior life, who does not yet have a feeling for this interior life is not yet perfect. Such a one may be on the way, but has not yet reached perfection. That’s the main point. That’s how we can judge the perfection of a person in her interior life. If one is interior and recollected before God, that’s the essence. Other things are signs of strength, but the interior life is the criterion. A soul that does not pray is elusive. Such a one is impossible t
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    1859
Internal Silence.pdf
We have spoken about external silence as the soul of religious life. Now, we will speak about internal silence as the soul of recollection, of union with God. Silence that is exterior would be useless without interior silence. Through our imagination we can recall objects as though they were present: the world, pleasures, sorrows – all can come back to us through our imagination. We must control it, so that we can be its master. Memory is similar: it recalls the past and brings it befor
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    1860
It Is Necessary for Us to Love Our Lord.pdf
Let us place ourselves in the presence of our Lord by an act of faith, etc. […]. My Daughters, we are in the middle of the retreat. In the first part, we spent much time on what God has done for us. He showed us his graces – we had time to see what he has given us: he created us out of love; he placed us in the best situation for our salvation. God could not have done more to show us his love. Now what shall we do for him? That is the question. We must love him – that’s why
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    1866
Jesus Hostia (Jesus in the Sacred Host).pdf
In his sacramental state, Jesus chose the role of victim, as that which corresponds best to his love for his Father and for us. Jesus Hostia: the model of a sister who adores. 1. Jesus, immolated Victim, is always in the state of victim before the throne of God, his Father. St. John says, I saw a Lamb standing on the throne, in a perpetual state of immolation (cf. Rev 5:6). In this state of victim, Jesus offers without end his sufferings on Calvary to his Father. He shows him his open woun
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Jesus. Our Strenght and Our Happiness.pdf
So that you can live this life of sacrifice about which we have spoken, strength is needed. We cannot find it in ourselves who are but weakness and misery, but we will find it in the Eucharist. So that the Eucharist can be our strength, it must become the dominant attraction of our lives, the intention of all our actions; in a word, we do nothing but by it and for it. If a soul is courageous, for an attraction to become its dominant virtue, only one or two weeks are needed. Yes, my Sisters,
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    1858

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