The long-awaited goal of the papal approval of the Oblate Congregation was on the point of being achieved. The board of cardinals had voted positively and all that was needed was the signature of the Pope. Eugene writes to Henri Tempier to share his joy and gratitude
Let us acknowledge that the conduct of divine Providence in this matter has been admirable and that none of us should ever become oblivious of how evident his protection has been.
He then shows how conscious he was of God’s guiding presence in the affair.
Perhaps never in matters like this has anyone seen hearts, of which God has decidedly shown himself to be master, disposed as they have been.
First, that of the Sovereign Pontiff, and then that of everyone who has had to deal with this matter. All my steps, all my proposals seemed guided by a supernatural light which led me to do and say precisely what was necessary to please, to persuade. One could say of me, as of Esther, in regard to each of those with whom I had to deal: Placuit ei et invenit gratiam in conspectu illius.[ Esther 2:9 “She pleased him and won his favor.”] It is true that I have always put all my confidence in the goodness of God.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 16 February 1826, EO VII n 224
“Through the humbling dispensations of Divine Providence, men are sometimes fitted for his service.” John Woolman