My worst fears have been realized. It is with sorrow that I inform you that the Lord has called our dear Father Capmas to himself … after a long and painful agony. I am told that although unable to make himself understood because of the extreme weakness to which he was reduced, even so he entered with deep piety into the spirit of the prayers made with him… Pray to God for me, for the grace to accept the designs of divine providence with perfect resignation. “God has given, God has taken away”[ed. Job 1, 21] and it is our duty to add: “Blessed be the name of the Lord.”
Letter to Jean Baptiste Mille, 10 January 1831, EO VIII n 379
To his confidant, Heri Tempier, he shared his suffering in accepting God’s will:
One must confess that sickness and death are finding their mark amongst us in an uncanny way: men less submissive to God’s will than ourselves would be dismayed. The thought does not discourage me – I think that this is because I am sufficiently used to bending myself to the impenetrable designs of divine Providence. At the same time I certainly do not boast to being insensitive to the blows that seem at times about to crush us.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 11 January 1831, EO VII n 380