In the joy of the day of renewal of commitment by the Oblate students, Eugene remained mindful of the Oblates in France who were in danger as a result of the July Revolution.
However we have kept to the fore our situation and have spoken to our Lord of our absent brothers for whom, by my order, prayers are said every day in the litanies which follow the examen. No matter, this very remembrance rendered the ceremony more touching, and all there remains for me to desire is that everyone be as well prepared everywhere and facing the present with hearts as ready…
In whatever danger they found themselves, he wanted them to be spiritually well-prepared and strengthened by the graces of their own vocation and oblation.
He then refers to the destruction of mission crosses in France and the requests of the civil authorities to hide them:
… I have let you know long ago my attitude about the crosses; better to die than take part in this apostasy.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 1 November 1830, EO VII n 370
Good advice for us today, too, in the uncertain circumstances. May our Mazenodian spirituality be our beacon and strength.