Having been given the heavy burden of being appointed Bishop of Marseilles. Eugene’s health suffered.
Everyone, relatives, friends and doctor, having got together to insist on my going out of town to enable me to recover from the state of ill-health I have fallen into following a series of heavy blows experienced over some six or seven months, I agreed to exile myself in the country and spend a fortnight in the most absolute solitude.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 2 May 1837, EO XVIII
The following day:
Here I am at St. Joseph’s since yesterday evening. I will try to profit from my solitude in soul and body… My door will be closed to all and sundry, and my diary idle, so long as no business gets in over the walls.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 3 May 1837, EO XVIII
Here, in solitude, he prayerfully prepared himself to assume his new responsibilities later in the year.
An invitation to us to spend time in silent prayer before attempting challenging tasks.