Eugene de Mazenod’s appointment of Father Joseph Vincens as novice master had caused the young man to be afraid of not being capable of coping with the responsibility. Eugene’s advice to him can be applied by us in so many difficult situations that we face. He wrote:
to tell you that in the new job entrusted to you, you must place all your confidence in God and to convince you that with his help you will succeed as well as or even better than anyone else.
Oraison will be your rich mine and the daily examens will serve you as beacon, mirror, compass and as spur too, if necessary.
Proceed. therefore, with confidence and like Saint Ignatius tell yourself: Vincens alone can do nothing. Vincens and God can do everything.
Letter to Joseph Vincens, 17 July 1841, EO IX n 734
Oraison was the daily prayer in which the missionaries prayed in communion with one another. It was like a goldmine providing spiritual riches to all. It is the prayer that the US Mazenodian Family is encouraging each month for its members (see: https://sites.google.com/view/mazenodianfamily/monthly-oraison )
The examen is the beautiful prayer made known by St Ignatius (see https://www.ignatianspirituality.com/ignatian-prayer/the-examen )