This coming Tuesday, January 16th, is the Feast day of Blessed Father Marie-Eugene. He wrote, "I Want to See God" which is the formation book that we follow to learn about Carmelite spirituality. He put together this book and "I Am A Daughter of the Church" for the Secular Institute that he founded called "Notre Dame de Vie" in France in the 1930's. It is still going strong today although it is not Traditional. We were using his book, "I Want to See God" for our formation for the "Traditional Lay Carmelites of Fatima" and while we were using his books, his beatification took place in November of 2016. To me, this was a sign that he was praying for us and that God was blessing us. We use his books because they were written pre-Vatican II and take all the treasures of the Carmelite saints and put them in laymen's terms for us to live by. If you are interested in this. There is a blog under Formation on this website with a study guide posted each month covering a new chapter. I wrote a little biography for all to read below. God bless!
PS - Please say a prayer for my daughter, Margaret, whose birthday is on this feast day - January 16th - she is a Consecrated Woman with the Order of Miles Christi. Thank you!
Life of Blessed Fr. Marie-Eugene of the Infant Jesus
Henry Grialou was born Dec. 2, 1894 and died on Easter Monday, March 27, 1967. He was beatified on Nov. 19, 2016. He was born in a mining town in Aubin, France. His father died when he was only 10 years of age but this allowed him to go to a Catholic boarding school for free and thus helped nurture a vocation to the priesthood. He entered major seminary in 1911 but leaves to go to WWI for a time and returns to the seminary in 1919.
In December of 1920, he read the life of St. John of the Cross and felt called to become a Carmelite. On Feb. 2, 1922, he was ordained a priest. On Feb. 24, 1922 he enters the Carmelite Monastery and is given the name Fr. Marie-Eugene of the Infant Jesus. While a Carmelite priest, he is approached by three women for spiritual direction and three years later, Notre Dame de Vie is born. This is a Secular Institute for lay people that is very similar to a Third Order. This is still in existence today.
He was named Prior at Agen from the years 1936-39. He was elected member of the General Council of the Order in Rome from 1934 – 1955 (during the years of WWII he never left France). He wrote the books “I Want to See God” and “I Am a Daughter of the Church” in 1948-1951. In 1955 he was appointed the Provincial of the Carmelites of his area.
He was graced to die on Easter Monday which he would celebrate the feast of “Our Lady of Life” for his apostolate. This was March 27th that year of 1967. He was fortunate to die before the “New Mass” was imposed upon all priests which was promulgated in 1969.
PRAYER TO BLESSED FR. MARIE-EUGENE
Fr. Marie-Eugene, you have said, “The love of the Three Persons is watching over us: the Father’s love, the Son’s love, the ever-present and luminous love of the Holy Ghost. All of Heaven lives within my soul. By keeping me in the company of the Holy Trinity who dwells there, silent prayer is more than a preparation for eternal life; it is a real beginning of that very life beneath the veil of faith.” Father Marie-Eugene, pray that we may be devoted to the Most Holy Trinity. Pray for us to have the love and dedication to never say another “Glory Be” without profound love. As we pray this prayer in the Rosary, may we always think of the greatness of our God and King.
Pray for us to be guided by the Holy Ghost in doing the Will of God in imitation of Our Lady of Fatima.
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Bernadette Porter is a Traditional Catholic, a wife of 42 years with 6 adult home-schooled children and 6 grandchildren. A sincere devotion to Mary, the Mother of God leads me to want to share "The Church's best kept secret" - Mary!