Eugene’s concern for the Oblates was not confined to their ministry, but he was especially interested in the quality of their lives, of their “being in order to do.” Writing to the new community in Nimes he gives them advice so as to maintain a family spirit.
See everything in a good light, speak openly only amongst yourselves. I need not observe to you that Brother Guibert, although he is not a priest, being an Oblate and in consequence belonging wholly to the Society, ought to enter into your discussions and take part in all your decisions.
I pray you to say a thousand tender assurances to this good Brother Guibert, who is very dear to me, as well as to our good Father Honorat who also knows the extent of my affection for him.
I do not say to you: love each other well, this recommendation would be ridiculous. But I do say to you: take care of each other and let each look after the health of all.
Letter to Pierre Mie, 19 June 1825, EO VI n. 183
“Love begins by taking care of the closest ones – the ones at home.” Mother Teresa