Another example of Eugene’s predicament in the personnel crisis. Father Guigues, at Osier, was desperately needing more Oblates. Eugene’s response:
I’m only too aware of the picture you paint for me of your situation but I can only repeat that God knows it better than we do and we must abide by his will.
Make your plans in function of the means available, don’t extend yourself beyond your capacity and don’t lose your peace of mind; that’s where wisdom lies.
Letter to Bruno Guigues, 2 October 1836, EO VIII n 592
Eugene’s advice continues to apply today in every situation that we face as a Mazenodian Family – that is where wisdom lies.