From Marseille Eugene kept in contact with all the Oblates in Aix and in Laus, and showed interest in the life and spirit of each community and its members. The only way to communicate regularly was by writing letters. Because of this he developed the custom of spending the days around the first Friday of every month with the community in Aix.
I order you very expressly to ask permission not to fast this Lent and to consult Dr. d’Astros so that he can confirm this decision. If there is anyone else in the house, as for example Father Sumien, who also can no longer fast, you will have them eat at a different table. Adieu.
The elections prevent me from being at Aix for the first Friday of the month.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 1 March 1824, EO VI n 131
A few days later, he excused himself for having missed this important moment with the community:
I am writing a word to show my regret that I have not been able this month to keep the rendezvous of the first Friday
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 10 March 1824, in YENVEUX, IV, 122.
“Obedience and charity bind us together…, keeping us interdependent in our lives, and missionary activity, even when, dispersed for the sake of the Gospel, we can benefit only occasionally from life in common. Each community, whether a house or a district, will adopt a program of life and prayer best suited to its purpose and apostolate.” OMI CC&RR Constitution 38