Eugene was so involved in the lives of each congregant, and so it was natural that it was he who would want to administer the sacrament of the sick to the young person in danger of death. But we see an evolution here in his relationship with the parish priests of Aix. Initially he would have gone ahead regardless, but after the many clashes with the local pastors that we have already seen in previous entries, we see a note of realism and diplomacy being written into this Rule:
Art 43 The Director will bring him the holy viaticum, unless the pastor of the parish opposes this. In this case, he will at least be present with the patient when the sacraments are administered.
At this turning point in the life of the sick congregant, Eugene realized the importance of staying close, and of helping him to appreciate the meaning of the sacrament in the fullest possible way – and to live its effects:
Art 44. The Director will have arrived there before to help the patient to do this action well, and he will remain afterwards to help him to thank God and to make the most of this great grace.
Statuts XIV, §2 Envers les congréganistes malades
“Laws control the lesser man. Right conduct controls the greater one.” ~Chinese Proverb