Now that Eugene knew that the approbation was being granted, he began to look forward to finishing the remainder of the work connected with this, and to return home to his community. As he reflects on the events, we can touch his joy and relief and his consciousness of the work of God in the whole process.
Now I begin to hope to be able to leave immediately after Easter, unless the procedure with the brief is drawn out at length. I lull myself into thinking the contrary for I find that it is indeed a long time since I am separated from you and the family; but I feel that it had to be so and the good God has chosen me to render this service to the Society; and I ought to offer thanksgiving to him for whom we work, for having so well disposed hearts in my favor, that each of those with whom I had to deal advanced to meet me half-way, were favorable to begin with and found good in all I proposed, as if the Lord revealed to them the sentiments of my soul and let them perceive from within that my sole ambition is to please God and procure his glory by serving the Church and saving souls. I must add, that from the facts I presented and all that the weight of the truth obliged me to say, they conceived, the Pope especially, a very favorable idea of the whole Society, which ought to stimulate us to deserve more and more, by our devotedness to all good, a protection so high and so honorable. Amen.
Letter to Henri Tempier and all the Oblates, 18 February 1826, EO VII n 226
In his Diary his opinion is reinforced as he narrates:
I also wanted to see the Archpriest Adinolfi for he was not at the secretariate. Shortly after that, I met him in the street. We stopped to chat a minute. He again remarked on his great surprise at the success of our undertaking. “We never saw anything like it,” he said, “the Pope himself wanted the Brief of Approval expedited; he himself dedicated some things he wanted them to insert in it, etc.” Actually, the Archpriest, under-secretary of the Congregation, could not get over it. I concluded from his look and surprise that, if things had depended on him, we would not have reason to be so happy.
Roman diary, 20 February 1826, EO XVII
“If you depend on God’s grace there is no such thing as impossible.” Sri Chinmoy