Charles-Dominique Albini had joined Eugene’s Missionaries to be a preacher. After his period of initial formation at the novitiate, he was rearing to get into this ministry. Eugene, however, asked him to set aside preaching for a while and concentrate on the necessary task of translating the Rule into Latin.
Father Tempier would be inclined to think that Father Albini should be exclusively engaged in the translation that has been begun and that he should not go on missions. He made the same remark that we did about the muddle of a translation made by several individuals who each have their own style. This deficiency will be very visible. He would therefore prefer that only one person assume the task; and as you are too busy to take it on, it would seem that Father Albini should be chosen.
It is not an easy matter to decide. As our good Father Albini has been counting on the missions, would it not cause him too keen a disappointment to turn him away from them? There would be another way, and that would be that you make your contribution to the whole work by retouching even what Father Albini has done well.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 21 February 1825, EO VI n. 170
Albini’s missionary enthusiasm was not to be put off, as Yvon Beaudoin tells us:
Father Albini was to leave in several days for the mission of Puyloubier which he preached with Fathers Mye and Honorat February 29 – March 25. Cf.: Missions O.M.I., 1897, pp. 222-228. However he had the time to translate almost everything before his departure. He wrote to the Founder on February 26th: “I have worked day and night to translate a large part of our Constitutions. The work has been done somewhat hastily; I would have wished to go over it but not having had the time, our good Father Courtès will be able, I hope, to look after this…” Orig., archives of the Postulation. (Footnote to EO VI n. 170)
“God has created me to do him some definite service; he has committed some work to me which he has not committed to another. I have my mission – I may never know it in this life, but I shall be told it in the next… I have a part in a great work; I am a link in a chain, a bond of connection between persons…” Blessed John Henry Newman