The travelers arrived in Fribourg, where Eugene’s nephew Louis was boarding at the college of the Jesuits. Politcal events in France at the end of July obliged Eugene to remain until mid-November.
As you look at the date on this letter, you will recall my dear friend that I enter today into my forty-ninth year. I was busy yesterday, the whole day, with the thoughts that the circumstance of the end of my forty-eighth year brought to mind. I have groaned, as you can imagine, over a quantity of miseries; I thanked God for many graces
Letter to Henri Tempier, 1 August 1830, EO VII n 351
It had indeed been a difficult year for Eugene. He was in Switzerland recuperating from a serious illness that had left him weak and had kept him away from his work as Vicar General in Marseilles for many months. He was also mourning the death of Marius Suzanne and of his niece, Nathalie. From a political point of view, having had to react to the increasing anti-religious attitude and laws of Charles X’s government had also worn him out. As he “groaned” remembering the hardships, he was aware that he had never been deserted and that God’s grace had been his constant companion.
It is a reminder that we are never alone.