In Rome, Eugene was staying at the Church of San Silvestro. It was here that he had lived when he had come to seek Papal approbation of the Oblates, and it was here that he had been consecrated bishop the previous year.
Yesterday, Sunday, I did not go out the whole day. I said Mass at the same altar where I was consecrated, and I am continuing this practice every day and asking God that I may never be unworthy of the sublime character and high dignity I received on that spot, but always be a credit to my great ministry through a truly apostolic courage which will enable me never to yield to the powers of hell nor to those of earth which in these days find there their inspirations.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 20 August 1833, EO VIII n 454
Where are the spiritual places I turn to when the evil around me seems to absorb so much of my focus?