In the previous entry, Eugene had asked for prayers at the Marian Shrine of Osier regarding the difficulties that the Oblates were going through. He continues to storm heaven by asking the contemplative sisters to pray for him.
I thank you, Good Mother, for your attention. I profit from the occasion you provide me to beg you to enjoin your community to recommend especially to God the Congregation of our Missionaries which is suffering a cruel persecution in the diocese of Gap…
We lack men, it is impossible to fulfill all the ministries that the Congregation wants to do. The death of the holy Father Albini has completely undone the missions in Corsica…
In short, a time of trial; we need the help of your prayers to repel the evil one to whom God has allowed some power to sow darnel in the field and to devastate the inheritance of the Father of the family.
I let you know these things so that you can speak confidently to God about them. I unite myself in advance with your prayers and bless you as well as your whole community.
+ C.J. Eugene, Bishop of Marseilles.
Letter to Mother Abbess of the St Clare convent, 23 November 1839, EO XIII n 97