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Praying the Rosary with Eugénie Joubert

Praying the rosary means asking the Virgin Mary to lend us her heart and eyes to contemplate her beloved Son…

Blessed Eugénie loved praying the Rosary. One of her Sisters said that it was as if she were in conversation with the Blessed Virgin. This is why she can help us in a very special way to meditate on the mysteries of the Rosary.

The chosen quotations are taken from Paolo Risso’s booklet: “Eugénie Joubert, une jeune vie pour Jésus” (ELLE DI CI Edition) “Eugénie Joubert, a young life for Jesus” [our translation]

The Joyful Mysteries

1- The annunciation

From the Gospel according to Saint Luke (Lk. 1, 38)

Mary said, “Behold I am the servant of the Lord; let it be with me according to your word.”

“If you really love me, you’ll always be happy with my every wish.” said the Lord to Blessed Eugénie. (p 33)

2- The visitation

From the Gospel according to Saint Luke (Lk 1, 46)

And Mary said, “My soul magnifies the Lord, and my spirit rejoices in God my Saviour“.

The heart of Blessed Eugénie was full of thanksgiving: “What a joy it is to join with Our Lord in giving thanks! Thank you, my Lord; Thank you, Mary; Thank you, my Dear Mother”. (p 40)

3- The nativity

From the Gospel according to Saint Luke (Lk 2, 7)

Mary wrapped her firstborn son in swaddling clothes and laid him in a manger, because there was no place in the guest room.

Blessed Eugénie, contemplating the Infant Jesus, exclaimed: “Oh, how beautiful He was! And above all, how small He was!”. HE was her only model of life: make herself small, each day more in a state of offering, of total love, as Jesus contemplated in His Infancy and in His redemptive Passion, God’s greatest expression of love. (p 37)

4- The presentation of Jesus in the temple

From the Gospel according to Saint Luke (Lk. 2, 22)

They brought him up to Jerusalem to present him to the Lord.

Blessed Eugénie gave everything to the Lord. At the end of her life she whispered to him: “Everything for You, my little Jesus. Everything for You, every last drop.” (p 41)

5- Jesus lost and found in the temple

From the Gospel according to Saint Luke (Lk 2, 43-45)

The boy Jesus stayed behind in Jerusalem, but his parents were unaware of it… They began looking for him among their relatives and friends. When they did not find him, they went back to Jerusalem to look for him.

Blessed Eugénie loved to pray saying: “Give me the grace to desire you, let me seek you, let me find you, let me possess you, let me give you.”

The Luminous Mysteries

1- The Baptism of the Lord

From the Gospel according to Saint Mark (Mk 3, 16-17)

As soon as Jesus was baptized, he went up out of the water. At that moment heaven was opened, and he saw the spirit of God descending like a dove and alighting on him. And a voice from heaven said, ”This is my Son, whom I love, with him I am well pleased.”.

“I will reveal myself to your soul: I will come with the Father and the Holy Spirit, and I will teach you to find me in every place, to love me in all things”, said the Lord to Blessed Eugénie. (p 33)

2- The wedding at Cana

From the Gospel according to Saint Luke (Lk 1, 39)

There was a wedding at Cana in Galilee, and the mother of Jesus was there.

“Love Mary, and love her always more and more! I love her because she is my Mother. She gave me everything, she gives me everything and wants to give me everything.” (p 22)

3- The proclamation of the kingdom

From the Gospel according to Saint Luke (Lk 8,1)

Jesus travelled about from one town and village to another, proclaiming the good news of the Kingdom of God.

“He who has Jesus has everything. For the hearts that have the desire to love this good Master, oh, how easy it is to understand and taste such words! Is it not true that the presence of Jesus fills everything?, and in the same way what is not Jesus is empty and insipid?” wrote Blessed Eugénie to her mum. (p 17)

4- The transfiguration

From the Gospel according to Saint Matthew (Matt 17, 2-5)

There he was transfigured before them… A bright cloud cast a shadow over them.

“Jesus, You alone are beautiful, You alone are great, You alone deserve all my love.” (p 46)

5- The institution of Eucharist

From the Gospel according to Saint Matthew (Matt 28,20)

And behold, I am with you always, until the end of the age.

“May I no longer live, but may Jesus live in me and may I live in Him.”, used to pray Blessed Eugénie.

The Sorrowful Mysteries

1- The agony

From the Gospel according to Saint Matthew (Matt. 26,41)

So you could not keep watch with me for an hour? Watch and pray so that you will not fall into temptation.

“Insofar as I live in the spirit of Faith, insofar as I truly love Our Lord, it will be easy for me to create a loneliness in the depths of my heart, and above all to love this loneliness and remain there alone, only with Jesus, and keep Him company.” (p 16)

2- The flagellation

From the Gospel according to Saint Matthew (Matt 27, 26)

Pilate released Barabbas to them, but after he had Jesus scourged, he handed him over to be crucified.

“Be faithful in suffering. This is Jesus coming. In this way I can do much for souls, for the Holy Family of the Sacred Heart.” (p 30)

3- The crowning with thorns

From the Gospel according to Saint Matthew (Matt. 27, 28)

Weaving a crown out of thorns, they placed it on his head.

Blessed Eugénie wrote: “The Cross is the most precious of all gifts, of all diadems. Our Lord loves me and wants to unite me with Him. Rest: May His will be done. I am not doing anything, but in this state, there is much more humility. I do God’s will, and that is the best thing…” (p 31)

4- The carrying of the cross

From the Gospel according to Saint Matthew (Matt 16, 24)

Whoever wishes to come after me must deny himself, take up his cross, and follow me.

“With the cross, I always grant sufficient and even superabundant grace to carry it. But if you want an effective way of being faithful in suffering, follow the practice of spiritual childhood. Be little with me, in sorrow, suffering, struggle, and prayer, be little, obedient and let yourself be led, bearing everything with joy and love.” (p 34)

5- The crucifixion

From the Gospel according to Saint Matthew (Matt 27, 46 50)

Jesus cried out in a loud voice, ”Eli, Eli, lema sabachthani? which means, ”My God, my God, why have you forsaken me?” … But Jesus cried out again in a loud voice, and gave up his spirit.

“The most bitter sufferings are less those of the body than those of the soul … Above all, they make us be like Jesus on the cross, when he exclaimed: ”My God, why have you forsaken me? Meditate a lot on the intimate passion of the Sacred Heart, taste it, savour it.” (p 30)

The Glorious Mysteries

1- The resurrection

From the Gospel according to Saint John (Jn 3, 16)

For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

“Oh! How I feel this heart alive! Fortunately, its only thirst is for Jesus and the Blessed Virgin.” (p 38)

2- The ascension

From the Gospel according to Saint Mark (Mk. 16, 19)

The Lord Jesus was taken up into heaven and he sat at the right hand of God.

“There, no more ’I’, no more ‘me’, but God only: His Love, His Glory; it is ravishing love, taking the soul away from itself, it is the beginning of Heaven.” (Blessed Eugénie’s private notes)

3- Pentecost

From the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 2, 4)

And they were all filled with the Holy Spirit.

“Let yourself be transported by the gentle, powerful breath of the Holy Spirit, just as the dust grain of the road is transported by the lightest breeze.”, said the Lord to Blessed Eugénie. (p 32)

4- The Assumption of the Virgin Mary

From the Canticle of Canticles (Cant. of Cant. 1, 15 and 2, 10)

How beautiful you are my Darling, how beautiful you are!

Arise, my love, my fair one, and come away!

“I love Mary because she is all beautiful and pure. I love Her and want every beat of my heart to tell Her: Mother Immaculate, you know how much I love you!”. (p 22)

5- The coronation of Mary in Heaven

From the Acts of the Apostles (Acts 12, 1)

A great sign appeared in heaven: a woman clothed with the sun, with the moon under her feet and a crown of twelve stars on her head.

Mary Queen turned the heart of Blessed Eugénie towards Jesus, King of our souls: “Be for me the One King, the One Lord of my being, because serving You is reigning, it is the wonder of life, it is the fulness of joy.” (p 46)

Article paru dans le magazine l’épervier de novembre 2023