After the priestly ordination of Hippolyte Guibert, Eugene wrote to Jean Baptiste Honorat, who had been unable to be present at the Oblate family celebration.
God knows with what joy and with what unspeakable consolation I pronounced the “scio et testificor” [ed. “I know him and I testify to his worthiness”]. You were represented at this ordination that one can say was “en famille” since all the priests who composed the presbytery and who imposed their hands on the chosen one belonged to the Society. May God bless our family!
It seems to me that in asking him to grant us men such as the one who has just been promoted to the priesthood, we have asked for all that we need. Holy priests, this is our wealth!
Letter to Jean Baptiste Honorat, 18 August 1825, EO VI n 194
A marble cutter, with chisel and hammer, was changing a stone into a statue. A preacher looking on said: “I wish I could deal such changing blows on stony hearts.” The workman answered: “Maybe you could, if you worked like me, upon your knees.” – A. T. Pierson