Community for Eugene meant being in communion with his brother Oblates wherever he was, and whatever he was doing. In every holy place that he visited in Rome, they were present with him.
Here are found all the saints since Saint Peter down to the blessed Benoit Labre and others still more modern. Here I must cease or be carried away too much. I wish only to tell you once more that I bear within me our whole family in all these holy places that I visit every day…
Adieu, my dear son, give my warmest greetings to all our Fathers and dear Brothers. You are all ever present in my thoughts and still more in my heart. Do not forget to send my letter to Father Tempier at Marseilles. I embrace him as well as Suzanne and all of you, my dear children, whom I love with all my heart.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 6 December 1825, EO VI n 210
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