With all the painful difficulties experienced by Eugene during nearly two years, he shares with us a happy interlude in Switzerland provided by the young Oblates in formation. He was delighted by their zealous enthusiasm to prepare themselves to be missionaries and their contagious love for God.
I could go on endlessly if I wished to speak to you of all the good there is to say about everyone without exception. They are just what I could have wished, without however presuming to flatter myself about them. They have realized all my hopes, as much in respect to virtues as to bearing and conduct…
One has no idea of all the gestures of deference and affection they show me; it is truly a touching thing; so I feel very keenly the sorrow of leaving them, the more so because this community life amongst such fervent young people is something so pleasant that one does not notice any of the little privations that it imposes; it is truly a paradise on earth.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 1 November 1830, EO VII n 370