In the midst of all the bureaucratic visits and business in Paris connected with Fortuné’s nomination as Bishop of Marseille, Eugene’s heart is focused on the community of Missionaries in Provence. He thinks longingly of the times in community where he would be resting after the weeks of exhausting work in the villages preaching missions.
Let our novices be happy to live in their peaceful refuge. I am envious of their lot and it is with sorrow that I resign myself to what is in store for me. Indeed I offer to God my situation as the direst penance.
My whole happiness after the work of our missions is to come and enjoy a little rest in the heart of the family wherein everything edifies me, everything charms me….
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 22 February 1823, EO VI n. 93
For him community life and a warm family spirit were essentials for successful ministry. One enriched and nourished the other.
[Many earlier entries above refer to community and its importance for Eugene – use the heading “community” in the search engine at the top of the homepage to read some of them.]
“Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do… but how much love we put in that action.” Mother Teresa