Father Victor-Antoine Arnoux, 24 years old, was dying in Aix after less than two years after his priestly ordination.
Here we are then menaced by another misfortune; we will lose this angelic Fr. Arnoux. Why have you consented to their sending him to Fuveau? What do you hope from this change? … I do not like our sick, especially when they are ripe for heaven, to leave our houses at the risk of dying without being assisted by their brothers. If you are in time, get this decision changed; it is not to my liking; or rather it is not fitting.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 24 June 1828, EO VII n 304
Eugene’s model of community was that of Jesus and the apostles. The spirit within that community had to be that of a family, caring for each other at all times, especially in sickness and death. At these times he wanted the one who was suffering to be surrounded by the solidarity, love and care of his brothers, and of the spiritual support they gave.
May we always realize how important it is to provide support and solidarity to those around us who are in need of our presence.
“There is no stability without solidarity and no solidarity without stability.” Jose Manuel Barroso