While Eugene rejoiced in the example and achievements of the majority of his Oblate brothers, there were also those who were not constant and did not enter fully into the spirit of their vocation. While Eugene had been literally moving heaven and earth in Rome to achieve the approbation of the Oblates and ensure the future of the congregation, he received news that the Oblate novice Nicolas Riccardi had abandoned the community at Aix.
Your letter of the 6th has arrived… but certainly, if what I am giving you is good news, what you give me in return is detestable. What good is it if heaven and earth compete with each other to help us here when hell takes away what we have at home? So it goes! This is just like the beginnings of the Redemptorists but they would recuperate on the one hand what they lost with the other. No matter, nothing happens except what God permits, let us not lose courage …
Letter to Henri Tempier, 16 February 1826, EO VII n 224
Aware that a vocation to religious life and priesthood came from God, he looks to God to give him courage in the face of lack of perseverance on the part of some.
“Many people mistake our work for our vocation. Our vocation is the love of Jesus.” Mother Teresa