After his years of being unable to work in the Diocese of Marseilles, due to his conflict with the government, Eugene is now back in the full swing of activity:
My dear child, for heaven’s sake, don’t ever reproach me for my letter’s delay and for being behind with my correspondence; it can’t be avoided. My life is a continuous purgatory. I don’t have time to breathe. I recently wrote a letter to l’Osier after six attempts and that was on my desk for a fortnight.
Letter to Casimir Aubert, 16 December 1835, EOVIII n 552
Yvon Beaudoin explains the activity: “Bishop Fortuné de Mazenod was ill in November. Bishop Eugene de Mazenod had “to do the pastoral visitations in the principal towns of the cantons within the diocese, three ordinations, a host of ceremonies, not to mention attendance at Council meetings and involvement in the ordinary administration of religious affairs.” (REY, I. 672). The Bishop of Icosia was also getting ready to leave for Paris to take the oath. A letter from Paris had informed him that the Council of State was at last giving its approval to the proposed ordinance which would declare that the brief nominating him to the Bishopric of Icosia had been received officially in the Kingdom.”