It is hard work getting back to normal, the attack was so severe. You find me now in my fifth week as a convalescent and today I scarcely dared to offer Holy Mass, however much I may have desired this happiness…
Letter to M. Antoine Garnier, 26 July 1829, EO XV n. 160
During his time of convalescence, Eugene, maintained his responsibility for the welfare of the Oblates and their mission. Unable to do so in person, he sent Fr Tempier to spend time with each Oblate and to be his representative and mouthpiece. In preparation for this official canonical visitation, he sent some instructions.
Fr. Jeancard, who was with Eugene during his convalescence wrote to Tempier to communicate Eugene’s instructions to him. The sample below shows Eugene’s concern for a balance between being respectful by not being intrusive while, at the same time, not ignoring any necessary corrections to the practical aspects of the missions.
“The Very Rev. Father bids me say to you:
1’ – that your visit of the houses of the Society must be general, without excepting that of the novitiate;
2’ that you must give warning several days before your arrival amongst those who dwell in these houses;
3’ – to make few rules or none at all;
4’ – to show yourself as strict concerning the finances…
(YENVEUX, VII, 97). Quoted as footnote in EO VII n 333