St. Jean Eudes

Dear Friends,


 St. Jean Eudes was born in Normandy, France in 1601 of farmers stalk.   After his ordination as a priest he spent most of his ministry caring for victims of the plague.  He was known for his generous spirit and compassionate heart.   He founded the Congregation of Jesus and Mary (the Eudists) and the Sisters of Charity of Our Lady of Refuge for women who wanted to spend their lives doing penance for their former lives of sin.   Fr. Eudes formed his religious congregation for the missionary work and the works of charity.   He spent most of his attention in the formation of priests of his community.   He is most known however for spreading and fostering the devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus and the Immaculate Heart of Mary.   Fr. Eudes had great love for the hearts of Jesus and Mary which focused his own love to be sacrificial and pure.   Together the hearts of Jesus and Mary forge a powerful love which fills the Christian with the warmth of God’s infinite love for us.   “You must never separate what God has so perfectly united.”  Fr. Eudes wrote: “so closely are Jesus and Mary bound up with each other that whoever beholds Jesus sees Mary; whoever loves Jesus, loves Mary; whoever has devotion to Jesus, has devotion to Mary."


Here we are guided to proper understanding of both Christian piety and Christian charity.   In St. John Eudes we learn that true holiness and saintly living necessarily involves a pure sense of religious piety and devotion joined to Christian solidarity with the poor and neglected, the suffering and the sinner.   Love received must be love given.   As Catholics many of us have a great love for Jesus Christ and his Holy Mother.   We are devoted to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, faithful to the rosary but forget that basking in the Lord’s generous love for us means that we must in turn love those who need to feel his warmth.   If we pray with fervor we must give with fervor.   On the other side of this, is the Christian who is motivated to seek Catholic social justice.   With great generosity and compassion many Christians seek to feed the hungry, care for the sick, and work to bring justice for those who suffer.   However, we cannot give love unless we receive love.  


Inspired by this holy priest, let us resolve to increase our faith and piety.   To pray always in the little moments and precious time that life gives us.   Never lose that love and devotion to the Lord and his Blessed Mother.     I encourage each of you to foster a devotion to the Sacred Heart of Jesus, consecrate your home and enthrone his image in your house so that Jesus’s love may always be a constant reminder and welcomed guest.   Foster your love and devotion to our Lady, the Queen of our souls.   May she guide and intercede for us as we seek to follow her Son.   May our love for Jesus and Mary then motivate us to give generously, to show compassionate love, and to come to the help of those who are sick and those who suffer.   Only then can we truly understand the Lord’s invitation “follow me”. 



In the Lord Jesus,

Fr. Vasquez 


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