Respectful of God’s work in the young Marcou, Eugene promised him his support as he responded to God’s calling:
Now, just as much as I took precautions to let the Spirit of God act within you, under the direction of the extremely worthy men in whom you put your confidence,
just as much I will make haste to support your vocation since it leads you to a state still more perfect and which ought to assure you a greater recompense.
Letter to Jacques Marcou, November-December 1821, EO VI n 78
I thank my God every time I remember you, constantly praying with joy in every one of my prayers for all of you, because of your sharing in the Gospel from the first day until now. I am confident of this, that the one who began a good work among you will bring it to completion by the day of Jesus Christ.
“To fall in love with God is the greatest of all romances;
To seek Him, the greatest adventure;
To find him, the greatest human achievement.” Augustine