On his return to Marseilles, Eugene convoked an Extraordinary General Chapter from July 10-13, 1826. In his opening address he recalled the events leading up to the papal approbation and dwelt on their significance. Just as he had always been profoundly convinced that his own vocation came directly from God, so too could he now have the same conviction about the coming into existence of the Oblates. Their existence and approbation was the work of God. After this event he considered the Rule no longer as the work of a human author, but as the work of God who had made this work his own by inspiring the Pope to give them their character of their divine authority. The minutes of the proceedings continue:
“He assured us, that for him, he saw nothing of the man, and that he was so persuaded that they had been inspired by Heaven, that it was impossible for him to recognise himself except as the instrument of Divine Providence.”
PIELORZ, J., Les Chapitres généraux I, p. 57-58.
The extraordinary means that had taken place in Rome, in a climate where new foundations were not approved, was an even further confirmation of God’s providence.
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