Eugene was always concerned about the health of the Oblates, but never concerned about his own. Here, the community of Aix tries to convince him that he must not pretend that he does not have a body with needs. Rey narrates:
The Aix house was always the favorite of Fr. de Mazenod – it was a home “for which his heart longed, and where he constantly wished to be.” For some days there was a question of his undergoing a treatment at the hot springs in Aix: a severe pain had suddenly afflicted his left arm and gave him no relief. Brother Guibert was the spokesman for all when he wrote to Founder “We beg you, dear Father, to take a little more care of yourself. I think you act as if you do not have a body. You are so necessary to us – and your arm above all. Why do you put off taking the waters to another time? What if the delay will be harmful to you? May the good God grant that all this has no further consequences … Take care of yourself, or come here and we will do it for you”
Rey I p.333
Do not worry any more about my arm, my good dear friend, it is completely cured; my journey will therefore be put off until after Easter for only necessity could have forced me to leave my chains at this moment. I thank you very much for the concern you have had for my temporary indisposition. I would have been consoled even if not healed from it by the pleasure that I would have experienced in being obliged to spend several days in a row with you.
Letter to Joseph Hippolyte Guibert, April 1824, EO VI n 132
“To keep the body in good health is a duty… otherwise we shall not be able to keep our mind strong and clear.” Buddha