In our previous reflection, Eugene had written to the formation superior about Brother Saluzzo who was wavering in his vocation. Now Eugene writes directly to the young man:
… you told me you were happy when I visited Billens. All of a sudden your attitude changes and the reasons that you allege are so pitiful that no man of good sense would have entertained them for a moment. However, what was in question was nothing less than the renunciation of your vocation… Now you persist in your infidelity. The judgment that Our Lord pronounced in advance on those who look back, after putting their hand to the plough, does not put you out of countenance, even though the reasons you bring forward are more or less of the same stamp as those that did not save the young man of the Gospel from our Saviour’s anathema. It is a very great misfortune, but it is not in our power to prevent it; we will deplore your loss, but we will be guiltless in that respect before God after we have done all that is in our power to deter you from a resolution evidently inspired by the enemy of your salvation.
So I consent to your leaving Billens, to your separating yourself from those angels whose very company was a safeguard for your feeble virtue. You will come first to N.-D. du Laus to place yourself until further orders under the mantle of our Good Mother. It is my last effort to save you. Go there with an upright heart, call fervently upon this powerful protector, ask her to enlighten the director I appoint for you in this holy place and to give you the simplicity and docility you need in this situation, decisive as it is for your life.
To Brother Saluzzo, 8 December 1831, EO VIII n 411