While being grateful for the inheritance received by the Oblates from the estate of Madame de Grimaldi, Eugene notes that her heirs could have blocked this legacy.
It is however essential to take notice that the benefactress could not have acted in this way for no doubt an heir with little scruple could have, according to the laws in force, appropriated this legacy. I do not believe that M. Alexandre de Panisse [ed. her relative] is capable of such vileness, but all the heirs could well not be like him.
He then refers to another nameless rich benefactor, who was ill, and reflects on how to make her aware of being clearer in making her intentions known to her heirs regarding the needs of the Oblate missionaries
For example, if the good God inspired this rich invalid to leave behind something for people she esteems so much, she should take great care not to commit this error; but how to suggest this advice to her? I do not know. Out of charity for our work, Madame de R. should make a sacrifice and go a little oftener to see this invalid. The occasion would present itself to make some mention. Who knows? Perhaps at a favourable moment one could broach the question frankly in speaking of the future and the problem of providing for the needs of so many people rich in virtue but deprived of all earthly goods.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 10 October 1826, EO VII n 256
Today, the situation has not changed because the Oblate missionaries continue to be able to minister only because of the ongoing generosity of our benefactors and associates around the world.
“Providence has its appointed hour for everything. We cannot command results, we can only strive.” Mahatma Gandhi