The last entry before the pause dealt with the mission center at the Shrine of Our Lady of Laus and the disapproval of the local bishop on the pastoral approach of the Oblates (http://www.eugenedemazenod.net/?p=2761). Eugene’s response to the bishop became an opportunity to express our relationship to Mary Immaculate.
I have always spoken to you in the same language in regard to Notre Dame du Laus. This shrine is dear to the whole Society since all of us profess a very special devotion to the Mother of God.
He continues by quoting the mandate given to us by Pope Leo XII on 2 March 1826 when he signed the decree of approval of our Congregation:
The Church has laid on us a duty pleasing, to be sure, but a duty nonetheless of spreading devotion to her: “We firmly hope that the members of this holy Family, who are employed in the ministry of the word of God under rules so well fitted to form hearts to piety, and who claim as their patroness, the Virgin Mother of God conceived without sin, will strive with all their strength and especially by their example, to bring back to the bosom of the Mother of Mercy those men, whom Jesus Christ on his Cross willed to give her as her sons.”
These are the words of the decree. We shall then never leave the shrine unless we are constrained to do so, by force.
Letter to Bishop Arbaud of Gap, 10 March 1828, EO XIII n 64
We possess an excerpt from Bishop Arbaud’s reply to the letter of March 10: “I was very satisfied with your last letter. The slight fog that has befuddled our relations for some time is certainly dissipated for good. Had I been in your place, I would have been hurt by my letters; if you had been in mine, you would have done as I did,” April 10, cf. Missions OM1, 1897, p.367.
“To succeed in your mission, you must have single-minded devotion to your goal.” A. Kalam