|St. Peter Julian Eymard|
He was born in 1811 in the south-eastern French province of Isere, in the town of La Mure d’Isere. In spite of multiple serious obstacles, St. Peter Julian followed a steadily advancing path, first to the diocesan priesthood, then to the Marist Fathers and finally to found, in 1856 at Paris, a congregation of men dedicated, as their name suggests, to the Eucharist. His followers endeavor, through carefully celebrated liturgy, prayer, preaching, teaching, writing and other apostolic work to uncover multiple layers of the mystery of Christ present in the Eucharist and among His church.
|Auguste Rodin, The Burghers of Calais|
French, 1884-1895 (cast 1985)
|Rodin at work on the bust of Fr. Eymard,|
Auguste Rodin, Cast of Bust
St. Peter Julian Eymard
New York, Eglise St. Jean Baptiste
In this bust, Rodin captures more than St. Peter Julian’s likeness. He seems to present the inner energy and fire which helped Fr. Eymard successfully overcome the many obstacles he faced and the zeal with which he strove to serve Jesus in the Eucharist. As he wrote to Mme. Antoinette de Grandville, in July 1859: "Be the apostle of the divine Eucharist, like a flame which enlightens and warms, like the Angel of his heart who will go to proclaim him to those who don’t know him and will encourage those who love him and are suffering." (courtesy Blessed Sacrament Fathers website, http://www.blessedsacrament.com/).
© M. Duffy, 2011