I IMPLORE YOU TO EASE MY WAY AND DON’T BE ONE OF THOSE WHO CAN ONLY CLOUD UP THE SKY; THERE ARE ALREADY TOO MANY IN THE ATMOSPHERE IN WHICH I LIVE
As Superior General, Eugene had a global vision of the communitarian and ministerial needs of the Oblates. It was not always easy to convince some of them of their need to focus beyond their immediate ministry and sacrifices themselves for the good of the whole Oblate family. This letter is one example of a person who allowed himself to cloud the sky of the overall vision. In exasperation, Eugene exclaims that there are far too many clouds in his atmosphere!
You must try to get Brother Nicolas disposed to obey me as he should, so that I can send him without meeting resistance to teach dogma at Ajaccio. That is the only way I have to relieve Father Bellon and at the same time to employ him according to our needs… In a word, use all your skills to bring him to a conscientious attitude not to put obstacles to my assignments, which are taken before the Lord for the good of the whole Congregation that is confided to me.
If men were only what they should be. I would not have to take so many precautions to ensure success in a matter which I judge important and even necessary for the common good.
Read my letter to Father Guigues, answer me as soon as possible; but I implore you to ease my way and don’t be one of those who can only cloud up the sky; there are already too many in the atmosphere in which I live.
Letter to Father Ambroise Vincens, at N.D. de L’Osier, 20 July 1843, EO X n 805
All of us, members of the Mazenodian Family, are invited to have a bigger picture of the needs of the world that it is our particular charism to respond to.
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