The time was approaching for Eugene to meet with the Pope and to ask for his formal approbation of the Oblates. He was worried because there was a “general policy in place in which the Pope was not giving approbation to new religious congregations, but rather a blessing and encouragement for the good work – which was not what Eugene wished for
Immediately after my Mass, I went to the Vatican to see His Eminence, the Cardinal Secretary of State. This time, we conversed in Italian. He was kind enough to tell the Holy Father of my desire to kiss his feet and have an audience with him. The Holy Father gladly granted this favor. The Cardinal gave me some instructions on what to do. When I am ready, he will present me himself, if I so desire.
Roman Diary, 16 December 1825, EO XVII
Now I can delay no longer and all the more so because when Mgr. Mazio asked for an audience for me, he had the kindness to say to this prelate: “But I am waiting for him; the Cardinal Secretary has already informed me.” If you only knew how apprehensive I am on seeing the moment come when I shall explain to him the principal purpose of my journey!
… In any event, I have armed myself with all natural and supernatural aids by praying, asking for prayers, offering Mass, invoking all the saints with all the fervor I could call upon. God will now guide his Vicar’s heart. I shall neglect nothing in explaining my request, nothing whatever that is apt to make the most impression on his mind; I have put down in writing the principal points and shall leave them in his hands. But if there is a general policy that opposes us, we must be resigned and consider ourselves fortunate to have what we have already obtained.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 18 December 1825, EO VI n 212
“Trust in God, you people, at all times. Pour out your hearts to God, God is a refuge for us.” Psalm 62:8