After nearly four months of hectic activity, Eugene could announce that the text of the brief of approval was ready to be signed by the Pope! Mission accomplished!
APOSTOLIC LETTER OF APPROBATION GIVEN TO THE INSTITUTE, RULES AND CONSTITUTIONS OF THE MISSIONARY OBLATES OF THE MOST HOLY AND IMMACULATE VIRGIN MARY. BY OUR HOLY FATHER LEO XII. BY DIVINE PROVIDENCE, POPE
Announcing this to Henri Tempier:
I want to finish my letter today so that it can leave tomorrow. The text of the brief has been made ready; Mgr. Capaccini is taking it with him to be signed by the Pope. Perhaps it has been done by now, I have nothing more to do.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 20 March 1826, EO VII n 231
With this recognition, the Oblates could now face the future on a solid base, no matter what obstacles were placed in their way by external forces.
Because of the historical importance of this document, I will publish it in segments in the coming days.
“You can’t build a great building on a weak foundation. You must have a solid foundation if you’re going to have a strong superstructure.” Gordon B. Hinckley