… Father Grassi has written to me again and to the same effect. (Ed: Allusion to Father Grassi of Turin with whom the Founder was corresponding with a view to a foundation in Sardinia )
Let us compose ourselves in patience and a spirit of resignation to wait on the Lord. But we must never give up praying earnestly to be worthy of carrying out his holy will. God in his goodness wishes us to tread the path of trials and tribulations: let us accept everything from his hands.
We need to be fully rooted in these great principles, for at this very moment a great misfortune threatens us.
Letter to Jean Baptiste Mille, 10 January 1831, EO VIII n 379