In vain I write to you to stop, to catch your breath, and you keep on just the same.
Eugene’s frustration with Fr Mie is obvious! He then appeals to reason.
I make known to you the difficulty I have to fulfil the engagements I have made, but that makes no difference, you take on new ones yourself. Finally, I thought you were at Nimes on the point of responding to my reiterated summons; but now I see you off to Campestre where you propose to remain three weeks, not bothering about but just putting aside the retreat prescribed by our Rules which is to begin the 24th in all our houses.The Jubilee [of Digne] will open on All Saints Day, consequently you must go there. But before it would be well for you to make your retreat. That is why, on receiving my letter, you will finish what you can finish, and you will leave the rest for a more opportune time, which for the diocese of Nimes will be in the month of January, the time when ten of our Fathers will go to evangelize these regions.
Finally, Eugene takes off his gloves and orders Mie to obey immediately!
At present my dear Father, I beg you to excuse me if I do not confine myself to advising you as I have done hitherto, but good order demands that I stipulate to you, as I do by this letter, to you and to Fr. Moreau, to leave everything so as to be able to be at Marseilles for the evening of the 24th, when our retreat begins. I would betray my duty if I did not act as I am doing; do not take this amiss, my dear Father, and get here.
Letter to Pierre Mie, 11 October 1826, EO VII n257
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