Eugene concludes his reflection to his spiritual confidant on the source of his spiritual strength during the difficult process in Rome. He was conscious that he was being held up by the prayers and unity of all the Oblates in France, whose cause he was representing in Rome.
But I ought to let you know that such confidence and sentiments were all due, after the grace which inspired them, to the thought that I was asking some- thing in keeping with the will of God, apt to procure his glory, the salvation of souls and the good of the Church, and also because I regarded myself as the interpreter of all of you and because I felt, so to speak, borne along by the prayers, merits and works of the whole Society.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 16 February 1826, EO VII n 224
“Ministry is the least important thing. You cannot not minister if you are in communion with God and live in community.” Henri Nouwen