In August Eugene traveled to the scholasticate in Billens to check on the progress of the community and its studies.
We were all so happy to see each other again, after a year’s absence, and a conversation (not foreseen by the Rule) got started, almost in spite of myself, by a kind of bewitchment, and went on until after 11 o’clock ….
Still concerned about the future of the Oblates in the hostile climate of France, he was hoping to establish a missionary community in Switzerland.
On the journey I made the acquaintance of a fine fellow from le Valais who might be useful to me if I decide when I am there to do something in his country.
Please ask the holy Capuchin sisters to pray that I for my part may place no obstacle to the accomplishment of God’s will, and that no-one may put obstacles in the path of goodness if that is the direction it is to take, but I always anticipate a lot of problems when a new enterprise in a foreign country is on the agenda.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 19 August 1831, EO VIII n 400