Despite all the bad news coming from France, his concern for the safety of those close to him and his own health difficulties, it was Eugene’s relationship with Jesus that was the source of his strength.
I found, my dear friend, your letter of the 17th on my return from a short walk. Although I expect each day more bad news, when they arrive it is impossible to ward off a profound impression of sadness, especially when domestic sorrows come and pile themselves on top of the burden already too heavy to bear. I will say to you however that I am not discouraged and that I am afflicted without being laid low. It seems to me that Our Lord will help us by his grace to endure all our sorrows.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 23 August 1830, EO VII n 359
“I can do all things through him who strengthens me.” Philippians 4:13