Holy Week and the feasts, care of our sick, concern for their danger, sorrow at their loss, all these have contributed, my dear Father Mille, to delay my writing you …
I am afraid the men at Calvaire failed to inform you of the blessed death of our saintly Father Paris. He severed his ties on the night of the Resurrection after very prolonged cruel sufferings.
Father Henri Paris had been an Oblate priest for 13 years, all of which had been spent teaching at the major seminary in Marseilles, which was staffed by the Oblates with Fr Tempier as its superior. Despite protesting to Eugene that “he had not joined the Oblates to be a professor” he taught Scripture and Theology. During this time he founded a congregation of religious sisters in Marseilles, the “Congregation of the Victims of the Sacred Heart.” After his death they did not survive for many years longer. (See https://www.omiworld.org/lemma/paris-balthazar-joseph-henri/)
As always, whenever there was the death of an Oblate, Eugene referred to his conviction that their dedication had earned them their eternal reward.
Heaven is filling up with our men. If it is consoling to see all those who have been taken from us die as men predestined, it is impossible not to be saddened at seeing our ranks thin out… it is the reward promised those who persevere to the end
Letter to Jean Baptiste Mille, 16 April 1841, EO IX n 728
As we recall our own deceased loved ones, let us keep in mind the words, “Heaven is filling up with our loved ones”