Eugene had finally returned to Marseilles, where he could experience at first-hand the anti-religious attitude of the authorities. He remained calm, confident that Gd would never abandon the Church or him”and to adore God and his ways even when I find them very hard.”
Writing o the scholasticate in Switzerland he warns then t be careful.
… From now on address your letters to Marseilles. I do not need to remind you it would be imprudent to be very explicit in what you write, for the religious persecution is still raging.
You will not find one action or a single letter coming from the ministry of ecclesiastical affairs that is not oppressive of the Church and her ministers. And this is still nothing in comparison with what they promise us. There is no lack of determination on their part: we must be grateful for their attentions as we wait for them to achieve even greater feats.
Letter to Jean Baptiste Mille, 24 January 1831, EO VIII n 383