Realizing that the demands of his work in Marseille had led him to spiritual luke-warmness, he did not despair. Ever since Eugene had been ravished by the experience of God’s love for him, it was the virtue of hope that kept him going in difficult times. Knowing that he was loved he knew that he would never be abandoned.
Sweet hope, you have always brought me happiness,
and been precious to me for bringing me to see in God a delightful perfection
which made me love him with a pleasing trust
Retreat notes, May 1824, EO XV n. 156
“Hope does not disappoint, because the love of God has been poured out into our hearts through the holy Spirit that has been given to us.” Romans 5:5