Illness and loss of voice made Eugene unable to participate fully in the Barjols mission and he had no choice but to accept and make the best of the situation:
One must be patient, since the good God wishes this to be so.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 10 November 1818, O.W. VI n.32
Henri Tempier, who had remained in Aix and was his spiritual director, knew him well and was able to empathize and give him a positive regard:
In spite of this program, what bothers me, nevertheless, is to see you upset that you are almost a simple spectator without being able to do anything else. I know that there is nothing more painful.
But, once and for ail, you must commit yourself to that and then see in it the will of God, who perhaps wants you to accomplish by your example what you cannot do by your words.
You could pray more, be in front of the Blessed Sacrament more often, bring graces on your sons, which they need both for themselves and for the sinners who approach them.
Letter from Henri Tempier to Eugene de Mazenod, 11 November 1818,
O.W. II 2, n.11
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