I admit, my dear good Guibert, your letter had deeply affected me… How could you wish, my dear friend, that it be otherwise, persuaded as I am that the good God has given you to us in answer to our prayers, that he has called you like the apostles with the most evident signs of a truly divine vocation to follow him and to serve him in the ministry which resembles most that which he prescribed for his apostles, with whose work he willed to associate you.
Joseph-Hippolyte Guibert, who was a novice at the time, was going thru a crisis of his vocation and had written to Eugene about it. Eugene was still in Paris and consulted the Jesuit Provincial Superior for a discernment opinion on what Guibert was going thru.
Overwhelmed, I put my trust in God, I invoked his holy name and, although I could not doubt what policy I should follow, I was inspired to have recourse to the principal superior of an Order to whom the ways of God are not unknown. You know the result of this initiative. The conclusion permits not the least doubt, leaves not the least anxiety. Your conduct is entirely mapped out and it is not I who speak; but I must say, what is said is just as I thought.
Letter to Joseph-Hippolyte Guibert, 26 June 1823, EO VI n. 109
Eugene then wrote to Hippolyte Courtès, who was the novice master and acting superior in Aix:
However much I felt sure that the demon was laying a trap for him I was pleased to know the opinion of a man experienced in the ways of God, absolutely independent and consequently in no way influenced by any particular consideration or attachment. Having listened attentively to the very exact account I gave him and to the reading of his letter, he repeated to me perhaps twenty times: There is no doubt that he is called, no doubt that he is called; let him refrain from leaving, it is a trap of the enemy. He told me on this subject the wisest, the most reasonable things in the world. Tell him clearly that there is nothing more common than such doubts, that he chase them away as he would chase thoughts against the Faith or against purity.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 15 June 1823, EO VI n. 108
“Discernment is God’s call to intercession, never to faultfinding.” Corrie Ten Boom