Let us work truly for God, I say this once more concerning our Jubilee at Aix. Let them keep instructing and converting and, if possible, to take some means in view of perseverance. For that it would be necessary that our houses be better furnished with members, my God! Let us pray to good effect so that the Father of the family send us workers to cultivate the vineyard he has confided to us.
This grace is one which is for our good Mother to obtain for us for the glory of her divine Son; let us ask for it from her with fervour and perseverance.
Eugene then makes a sad observation of how some of the priests of his time in southern France saw priesthood as an opportunity for the advancement of their well-being and that of their families.
What we need are men who have finished their studies, philosophers and theologians but people of this kind see in their grasp treasures which are going to rain on them; when with their parents they used to eat only a little whole meal bread and onions and now they think themselves destined to become columns of the Church.
This was not to be the case with Oblates – and explained why they got fewer vocations.
What grace they need to acquire truer and more reasonable ideas!
Letter to Henri Tempier, 13 April 1826, EO VII n 236
“For anything worth having one must pay the price; and the price is always work, patience, love, self-sacrifice – no paper currency, no promises to pay, but the gold of real service.” John Burroughs