Eugene describes the contents of his interview with Pope Leo:
I handed him with respect the letter from my uncle which he placed before him on his desk. Then began our interview, which ran on several subjects, and lasted nearly three quarters of an hour…
I explained the principal purpose of my journey, but many were the episodes that entered into this narration; even the miracles of Blessed Alphonse Marie de Liguori entered into it.
You should have seen with what interest he listened to the succinct narration which I made to him of the good operated by our missionaries.
I took care not to forget to tell him what you had just written to me: “At this moment the two youngest missionaries of the Society are working marvels, etc. One of them, Most Holy Father, is not yet old enough to become priest [ed. Hippolyte Guibert]; he was ordained in August with the dispensation of sixteen months that your Holiness deigned to grant to us; and yet the good God has used them to convert Protestants, etc.”
Eugene’s enthusiasm was obviously contagious and convincing, as we see from the reaction of the Pope:
You would have been touched, my dear friend, to see, while I spoke, how this holy Pontiff raised his eyes towards heaven, then joined his hands and bowed his head on them clasped together, glowing with gratitude and thanking God with all his heart.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 22 December 1825, EO VI n 213
“Men create real miracles when they use their God-given courage and intelligence.” Jean Anouilh