Eudist spirituality, the spirituality St. John Eudes proposed to us more than three hundred years ago is still valid today in the midst of a world that thirsts for depth, a world that hungers for a sense of life, and needs a sure way to renew daily the four fundamental relationships of each human being; these are, the relationship with oneself, the relationship with others, the relationship with nature and the relationship with the deity. And to satisfy these fundamental needs Saint John Eudes offers us prayer.
We are not talking about prayer that is limited to repeating prayers and pre-elaborated words, but about the prayer that is a true oasis. Prayer is a dialogue with God, it is not a conversation in which we ask God for what we want and He responds immediately to our needs, but a prayer which is the intimate contact we have with God so as to make sense of our existence, to discover how God speaks to us and shows us the way to be happy. Saint John Eudes tells us about this in these words:
"Prayer is a respectful and loving elevation of our spirit and our heart to God. It is sweet dialogue, holy communication, divine conversation of the Christian with his God "(Life and Kingdom of Jesus in the Christian Souls).
In order for prayer to fulfil that goal of being in a dialogue with God, John Eudes proposes a path in four steps; it is not a recipe, it is a way of expressing ourselves with our own words and letting God also speak to our heart, discovering how He proposes a way of salvation.
|||1. Let us adore: this step brings us back to the capacity we human beings have lost; that of contemplation. In a world where people live in themselves for technology, a world where people ignore those who are by their side, to connect with those who are thousands of miles away, a world where we do not realize what is going on around us but we know the latest events that have taken place on other continents, we need to learn to contemplate again, to marvel at the creation of God, to enjoy the people around us, of what we are today each one of us. To adore is to marvel at what I am and what I have, but above all, to contemplate that I have God and with Him I have everything, because he has also said to me: My grace is enough for you (2 Corinthians 12,9).|
|||2. Let us give thanks: this step consists of recognizing that today we have what we need to be happy, it is about not regretting what we would like to have and telling God that we intend to achieve our goals with our own hands, what we have is what we count on and we cannot despise it, because being grateful to God helps us transform what little we could have into a source to share with others. When we give thanks in prayer we recognize that God is just, because he has given us what we need to be happy, without looking at what others have, but rejoicing in what we have.|
|||3. Let us ask pardon. In this passage Saint John Eudes suggests that we gaze on the mercy of God, repeating with him: "the abyss of my misery, attracted the abyss of his mercy". To ask forgiveness is not to continue blaming oneself for one's sins, but to recognize that the love of God is much greater than any of those errors; it is to be clear that God will always wait for me with open arms and will have a party on my return (Luke 15, 11-32). At this moment of prayer, we break the cycle of guilt and let God heal our wounds, those that caused the sin.|
|||4. We give ourselves: In this step we understand that prayer is not just a moment in the day, but is part of daily life, it is throughout the whole day that we should live as Christians, this is where we can reflect the effects of That dialogue with God, giving ourselves to God is preparing us to live as he proposes, is to understand that Christianity is not a doctrine, but a way of living, just as his son Jesus did.|