St. Marie Eugénie is speaking to her Sisters of their call to religious life. Her words of encouragement apply to all Christians; in diverse and complementary ways each one is called to ‘follow the star’.
“The star is generally looked on as a symbol of vocation, God’s call to a soul. All of us have received this call. There was a day when we saw the star and understood that we were called by God. This is something so great that we can never be grateful enough for it.
What made God choose us was His own great goodness, a goodness that we did not deserve at all; a love that nothing can explain. “I have loved you with an everlasting love, and therefore I have drawn you, pitying you.” [Jeremiah 31:3]
And when the star now shines in our soul by grace do we correspond faithfully? Too often we put off following the star. We do not know where it will lead us.
Undoubtedly it was a great miracle when He made a star to call the Magi. But is it less of a miracle when He makes light shine in a soul to draw her closer to Himself?
Set yourself then, day by day, with all your might, to be faithful the many graces you have received. May the memory of them shine like the Epiphany star in your soul.”
—St. Marie Eugénie, 2 January 1884