Writing to Henri Tempier, from Rome:
The Cardinal Secretary of State having said he would receive me at nine o’clock, I was at the stroke of this hour in his salon where he did not delay in receiving me with his customary politeness. He does not remember ever having seen me but was nonetheless very amiable towards me… Before leaving the Vatican, I went up to the apartments of the Pope to learn if Bishop Barberini had asked for an audience for me; he had indeed forgotten…
For the rest, I do my best to leave it to God. I have resolved to say holy Mass every day of the octave of the Holy Virgin for the intention of the grace that we seek. I do not neglect on the other hand the human means that must be used. If after that I do not succeed, I will have nothing to reproach myself with.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 11 December 1825, EO VI n. 211
“Pray as though everything depended on God. Work as though everything depended on you.” Saint Augustine