The young community was growing – and so were their expenses! In particular, all the candidates who came to join the Missionaries brought no income into the community during their years of formation. This was to be an ongoing source of concern for Eugene and Henri Tempier.
Writing to the community in Laus, Eugene chides them for their lack of financial organization and urges them to economize so as to be able to support those in formation.
The account that you render to me of the state of affairs at Notre Dame du Laus does not surprise me but I am not very pleased for it proves that there has been much neglect of the finances.
You should have remembered that we have a novitiate filled with very fine people but who do not have a penny and yet it is necessary to feed and clothe them.
I therefore urge you to be most economical and to be very orderly.
Letter to Jacques Marcou, 29 January 1825, EO VI n 167
The problem persists today in the Congregation with decreasing income throughout the world and increasing expenses for the formation of Oblates to be future missionaries. The need to economize, not just for the ideal of simplicity, but for practical sharing continues:
“Since we are a missionary Congregation, the temporal goods of our Institute are, above all, at the service of the mission.” CC&RR, Constitution 150
“God has given us two hands — one to receive with and the other to give with. We are not cisterns made for hoarding; we are channels made for giving.” Billy Graham