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.
The “great misfortune” was the final illness of Father Joseph Capmas, of whom Yvon Beaudoin writes: “Father Capmas had entered the novitiate at 39 years of age. He had been novice master for some months, then missionary in the Upper Alps and finally chaplain to the soldiers ill in the isolation hospital (the “Lazaret”) at Marseilles.”
Perhaps at this very moment our dear Father Capmas has breathed his last. I have just today received a letter informing me that he is very near the end. However, just as the post was leaving he began to recover consciousness but this slight improvement does not give me much hope. You can imagine my anxiety. For three days I won’t receive any further news! It is a truly mortifying situation: I feel it deep down in the depths of my being. You know the man and understand like myself what a loss he will be to the Congregation if the Lord takes him from us. But he is the Master of all and of everyone!
Letter to Jean Baptiste Mille, 10 January 1831, EO VIII n 379