Father Honorat had been the superior of the Oblate community in Nimes for three years and desired not to continue. Eugene relied heavily on the leaders of the local communities to maintain the religious life and mission according to the Oblate spirit. To this end he communicated regularly with each superior.
It is useless to ask to be freed from the leadership of others after three years of being the superior; we will see what will have to be done.
For Eugene the role of the local superior was one of being present to those entrusted to his care.
I even have trouble persuading myself that it is in keeping with good order to permit you a month’s absence in order to renew yourself, as you say, in the novitiate.
The place of a superior is at the head of his community; the graces of God will not be lacking to him when at his post.
Letter to Jean Baptiste Honorat, 9 August 1829, EO VII n 335
As difficult as this responsibility was for some of the Oblates, they are assured that God’s grace would give them the necessary strength for this ministry.
It is encouraging for us that in all ministry that we do in Jesus’ name, and in communion with him, we can be assured that he is ministering through us.
“But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for power is made perfect in weakness.’ I will rather boast most gladly of my weaknesses, in order that the power of Christ may dwell with me.” 2 Corinthians 12: 29