Eugene writes to his longtime friend, Forbin Janson who was also a bishop who had had problems with the government and his diocese.
We are above all and essentially men of the Church.
Eugene reminds him to keep focused on the essentials in the midst of his difficulties. These essentials are: love for the Church as the People of God, and a dedication to ensure the eternal happiness of these people.
The salvation of souls is our special vocation. It is the work towards which we must tend with all our efforts, the accidents that God permits should not check the ever supernatural action of our onward march, we must draw back only before what is sinful, everything else has to be surmounted, overcome because of the excellence of the end, and it must be said, out of duty.
Letter to Bishop Forbin de Janson, 11 December 1835, EO XV n 180
An invitation to us as Mazenodian Family to focus on what really counts: God and the welfare of God’s People.