Rey describes the 8-day public carriage voyage of Eugene from Genoa to Rome (500 kilometers)
The journey of Fr. de Mazenod was made in the best conditions of piety and good company. He travelled in a carriage with a Jesuit, Fr Piazzi, who regarded a crime to delay to respond to the call of his General by one day; a monk of the Cistercian order and a Sardinian priest, four religious Discalced Carmelites traveling together. It was a community on the move. From 3 or 4 in the morning, the religious prayed, reciting prayers of personal devotion particular to each one: the Jesuit insisted on the recitation the Litany of the Blessed Virgin, a Pater, Ave and Gloria in honor of St. John of Nepomuk, another in honor St. Venant and a third one in honor of the Good Thief, the Angelus Dei and the De Profundis. The Oblate of St. Charles asked for the recitation of prayers prescribed by his Rule as they passed through every village, to honor the Blessed Sacrament and patron saints of these places.
This was the Oblate tradition whenever they passed through a village in Provence. Note that for a few months we had the title of Missionaries of St. Charles – until this was changed in Rome to Oblates of Mary Immaculate.
At daybreak, they recited the Itinerarium for Clerics and later the canonical hours of the Breviary. Arrived at the rest stop for lunch, Fr. de Mazenod celebrated Mass attended by his companions, they took their first meal of the day and then resumed their journey. In the afternoon they recited Vespers and Compline and later the rosary. Meanwhile, Fr. de Mazenod read some passages of the Imitation of Christ and the conversation was always edifying.
In the evening, arriving at the inn, the travelers recite Matins and Lauds while dinner was being prepared. It was in consideration for the Jesuit who had difficulty reading in the carriage.
The group ate alone. They slept on a bed without undressing. At 3:00 a.m. they left again.
Thus the journey was accomplished in eight days.
Rey Volume 1 p. 356
“To be a Christian without prayer is no more possible than to be alive without breathing.” Martin Luther