Eugene continues his narrative about being in Rome to try to receive papal approval of the Oblates
My worries begin once more, my dear Tempier, in regard to how our affairs are progressing, for they are underway now after a month of stagnation. The day before yesterday, I did my customary rounds for the hundredth time; this time it was rewarding… At last we are on the way; Wednesday has been set for this meeting at the house of the Cardinal prefect,… So I will be on tenterhooks until Tuesday and Wednesday.
He then shares on how the nervous strain and frustration is getting on top of him, and he longs to be doing anything else rather than be in this situation in Rome.
Ah! dear friend, it is much better to preach missions, much better even to endure the boredom of being Vicar General than be immersed in the sad and excessive dealings that I have to do here. The blessed Alphonsus was in an even more trying position, several times during his life. I invoke him now to obtain patience and success at last, for all these pains and pricks will be nothing if we finish by obtaining what we ask…
In Rome we are slaves of red tape. We have to go through the mill. Let us wait then for the result of the congregation on Wednesday…
Letter to Henri Tempier, 11 February 1826, EO VII n 223
“Our fatigue is often caused not by work, but by worry, frustration and resentment.” Dale Carnegie