As the collection and presentation of documentation for the Pope was reaching completion, Eugene once again expresses his awe at the way in which God has blessed the whole process.
My letter will leave without my being able to say anything more to you about our affair; now it remains a question of composition and formalities which necessarily are dragged out; I nonetheless pursue all details diligently; yet again this morning I went on several trips for this purpose. The composition of the brief is finished…
Cardinal Pedicini was only too right; if the good God had not intervened we would have had enough to take up more than a year. What amuses me is the surprise of the Archpriest Adinolfi who is, as I have told you, the key worker of the secretariat. He cannot believe the way this matter has gone since the beginning. “Non si è visto mai”: never have we seen the Pope, he said, take it upon himself in an affair of this kind to smooth out everything, cut through difficulties, prescribe in detail, stipulate even the wording of the brief.
He hopes that the Oblates in France appreciate what this all means!
These men of ours, do they at least know this? If they knew what all this means, they would jump for joy or be overcome with admiration.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 9 March 1826, EO VII n. 229
“He that takes truth for his guide, and duty for his goal, may safely trust to God’s providence to lead him on the right path.” Blaise Pascal