We have often seen Eugene’s special fatherly affection for the members of his Youth Congregation who became Oblates. The newly-ordained Jacques Marcou stood out because he had been a founding member of the youth, eleven years earlier. Addressing him by his nickname, Eugene rejoices in his ministry:
My good Marchetto, I embrace you very tenderly and rejoice to see you performing so zealously your holy ministry….
Be humble and you will do much good; you know that it is to the humble that Lord dat gratiam [ed. James, 4, 6: God resists the proud and grants grace to the humble. Prov. 3, 34; I Pet. 5, 5.] The cleverest amongst us and amongst all men is nothing by himself but a sounding brass and a tinkling cymbal, it is the good God who does all and to whom alone all should be attributed; of that we must all be persuaded.
Letter to Jacques Marcou, 27 January 1824, EO VI n. 128
“Christian joy comes from knowing God and from trying to follow God’s will. Joy means rejoicing in God. But we can see from the Magnificat that, when Mary rejoices in God, she is also celebrating the liberating action of God in history. Mary rejoices in a God who is faithful to the poor. Our service of others must be wrapped in this joy.” Gustavo Gutierrez