On the anniversary of Father Marcou’s death, Eugene’s reminiscences led him to recall an incident involving him when he was a member of the Aix youth congregation
An incident which recalls the lives of the saints occurred one day when, as was customary for the members, he came to see me. He was beside himself, carried away by a holy anger. He quickly explained to me the reason for his fury. He had just met some depraved creatures who used language to him which he rightly judged to be scandalous. He was more than angry. Not content with having responded by striking them vigorously with his umbrella, he regretted not having struck hard enough. In order to discourage them from returning to the attack, he wanted to return to the place where he had met these miserable wretches and promised to give them a lesson they would not forget. The only way in which I could persuade him not to do so was by pointing out that it would be sinful to give these unfortunate villains occasion to offer further insult to God. At that time Fr. Marcou was about fifteen years old.
Diary of 20 August 1838, E.O. XIX
“My dear brothers and sisters,take note of this: Everyone should be quick to listen, slow to speakand slow to become angry, because human anger does not produce the righteousness that God desires.”James 1,19-20