An idea of the uncertain and dangerous situation in France is given in this letter that Eugene wrote to Fr. Mille, the superior of the scholasticate in Billens, about some indiscretions on the part of the students in their letters.
...One well sees that you have not yet acquired a right idea of the circumspection with which one must write in times of revolution. It would be impossible to let pass a certain number of expressions apt to compromise those who write to me and those who receive the letters. So, my dear children, I beg you to content yourselves henceforth to give news of yourselves to your parents through Fr. Tempier. The matter is too important to leave it to your inexperience.
Mazet, for example, did not realize that he committed an extreme imprudence by relating that the Bishop of Nancy [ed. Charles Forbin Janson] had come to visit you as soon as he arrived in Fribourg. He did not know apparently that this holy Bishop is banned, that a price has been put on his head by the brigands of his diocese, that they spy on all his movements and that all those who have too close relations with him become suspect.
When necessary, one ought to fear nothing but, without necessity, one ought not to. Others, in addressing some of our Fathers, call them by their real names, others express themselves unconcernedly about what goes on at Billens; in short, in spite of my recommendations, you have all more or less committed some imprudence.
Letter to Jean-Baptiste Mille and the scholastics, 17 November 1830, EO VII n 371
Troubled times indeed. A reminder today of the many members of the Mazenodian Family who find themselves in dangerous situations in their countries at this very moment – ad an invitation to pray for them.