As we have seen above, Eugene was critical of some of the methods of M. Favre’s missionary group, but he remained open to cooperating with the will of God when necessary.
I wished to share these observations with you before coming to the last conversation we had with M. Favre. He has read everything, considered the matter before the good God, and believes our enterprise comes from God. He is therefore resolved to unite his own to it. We would found an establishment at Chambery, where there will be a house ample enough to contain fifty persons. He makes much of the fact that the Archbishop is all for him. It is during the vacation that this affair should be dealt with. He will write me beforehand and we will not lack for members.
Can I say I regard the matter as concluded? I would not be sure of it. We will judge by results.
Eugene then repeats his tried and tested conviction of cooperating with God’s will
In the meantime, I have done all I ought to, God will do the rest. We live only for him; we seek only the glory of his holy name and the salvation of the souls he has redeemed. When we have employed all the human means in our power, we ought to remain at peace and be worried about nothing.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 10 June 1826, EO VII n 248
For various reasons, beyond Eugene’s control, this planned union never came about. “Discernment is God’s call to intercession, never to fault-finding.” Corrie Ten Boom