Unable to preach, Eugene continued to do the “announcements” .To understand what this means we need to look at the role of a “master of ceremonies” or of a television “anchor person” – it is the person who kept the whole mission together and gave it a unity of direction.
They are kind enough to accept the little that I give. I hold on to the announcements which, in conscience, can only be given by myself. They are so attentive, the silence they keep is so great, that they hear me everywhere although I speak in a low voice.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 14-15 November 1818, O.W. VI n.34
As for the announcements, they are indispensable; they have more effect than all the rest… So I hope you will leave me free to give them and all the more because, given the situation, it seems necessary. Yesterday evening I abstained from giving them and they were displeased. You know I twine things together somewhat. This way of going into matters has pleased them extraordinarily here. Do not think I preen myself because of it. I am affected only by the grief of seeing myself unable to do more.
Letter to Henri Tempier, December 1818, O.W. VI n. 37
Eugene’s suffering due to his ill health had brought a lot of blessing and positive energy to the whole team in the success of the mission.
[Refer above to the entries of 15-18 December 2010 for more details on the announcements]
“Being a conductor is kind of a hybrid profession because most fundamentally, it is being someone who is a coach, a trainer, an editor, a director.” Michael Tilson Thomas