What gave Eugene the inner strength to keep him going in the face of all the difficulties he was facing? As he reflected on the course of events which led him to where he was, he was aware of God’s constant help in a noticeable manner – and hence of his own obligation to live in a state of receptivity to God’s grace.
I should add that since my departure from France and especially since I have been at Rome, the good God aids me with everything in such a tangible way that I cannot see how it would be possible not to keep in my soul a constant feeling of gratitude which prompts me to praise, to bless, to thank God, Our Lord Jesus Christ, and in due proportion the holy Virgin, the holy Angels and the Saints to whom I believe myself indebted for the protection and the consolations that are mine.
That in no way prevents me from confessing twice a week and constantly finding greater or lesser reason for humbling myself before God ….
Letter to Henri Tempier, 10 January 1826, EO VII n 217
“Cast your cares on God; that anchor holds.” Frank Moore Colby