Often in Eugene’s writings we come across the struggle between good and evil where ministry is concerned.
Console yourself by realizing that it is a new trick of the enemy of all good from whom it would not be reasonable to expect the least respite.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 11 October 1824, EO VI n 154
These are days of misfortune; it seems that the demon has received powers as extensive over us as over Job. May the Lord grant us his resignation!
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 15 October 1824. EO VI n 155
In the Preface to the Rule of Life, Eugene had set this out in his missionary manifesto for the Oblates:
Thus, it is supremely important, it is urgently imperative, that we lead the multitude of lost sheep back to the fold, that we teach these degenerate Christians who Jesus Christ is, that we rescue them from Satan’s power and show them the way to eternal life. We must spare no effort to extend the Saviour’s empire and to destroy the dominion of hell. We must check the manifold evils of sin and establish the honoured observance of every virtue. We must lead men to act like human beings, first of all, and then like Christians, and, finally, we must help them to become saints.
Preface to the Constitutions and Rules
“With his death and resurrection, Jesus has ransomed us from the power of the world, from the power of the devil, from the power of the prince of this world. The origin of the hatred is this: we are saved and that prince of the world, who does not want us to be saved, hates us and gives rise to the persecution that from the earliest times of Jesus continues until today.” Pope Francis