Eugene rejoices at the accomplishments of his family.
My dear Father Guigues. I have, it is true, received a letter from Father Vincens, but it refers me to the information that you were to have given me for details of his mission. I have some information about it, but that does not excuse Father Vincens from making an exact report of everything that happened, beginning with the disappointments of the opening days, etc.
For their first attempt, our two missionaries must be pleased with themselves. What a good account they gave of themselves in that frightful country. It’s no small consolation to see the Lord directing our men’s steps like this, giving them his assistance and working miracles by their holy ministry.
It’s the same everywhere they go. The letters that reach me from the Upper and Lower Alps are full of marvels. Here at Auriol, where four of our men are giving the mission under the direction of Father Guibert, it is like our own times all over again: just think of our two apprentices renewing a countryside like that you described! Never stop thanking God for such signal favours, I forgot to mention what our three poor abandoned missionaries are doing in their turn in Switzerland.
Letter to Bruno Guigues, 17 January 1835, EO VIII n 502