Jesus taught that “the worker is worthy of his hire” and that the missionary must trust in divine providence. This providence does not fall out of the skies, but comes through the generosity of benefactors. Fr. Courtès, in Aix, had told Eugene of the inheritance left to the Oblates from a supporter.
I am indeed quite grateful, my dear Courtès, to this excellent Madame de Grimaldi for having thought of the poor missionaries of whom no one thinks, as if they ought to live on air, so spiritual they are supposed to be. The said lady was well known to me…
I admit I would not have expected this kind remembrance on the part of this departed soul. The amount, as you say, is not considerate but it makes a good example, for I am certain that it was not in anyone’s mind that it was only right, or even possible, to leave something to men who surely lack nothing, since they do everything gratuitously.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 10 October 1826, EO VII n 256
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