Eugene continues the narrative of his first meeting with Pope Leo XII:
When the Pope took trouble to explain at length to me the formalities which necessarily require much time, he said to me: “You will not leave so soon, will you? And we shall see one another again?”
I replied as I should on this matter. Before withdrawing, when I saw that he had glanced at the clock, which is the sign of dismissal, and note well that he considerately did so only when I had finished saying all I had to say to him, I asked him for certain faculties; and as on this subject he made some very wise reflections and especially certain applications which prove his humility as much as his knowledge, touched by what I was hearing and somewhat moved by fear of overstepping the bounds, I forgot to ask for the extension of these faculties as I had meant to do. I will return to that at my farewell audience.
I had him bless my crucifix and, again bowing deeply, though once more unable to kiss his feet, I asked him for his apostolic blessing and withdrew profoundly consoled by my long session, while thanking God, the holy Virgin, the angels and the saints and even the holy souls in purgatory for whom I had said Mass that day.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 22 December 1825, EO VI n 213
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