My dear friends, whenever I had to take my leave of you, it has always been heavy of heart, but this time there is no consolation at all on the horizon to ease my sorrow. Leaving you, my dear friend. in such an unsatisfactory state of health and burdening you with all the details I would normally handle myself each day…
Patience! Everything must be sanctified by supernatural obedience. It is a matter of the good of the Church. After saying: “If it is possible, take this chalice away from me” I go on to say: “may your will be done”.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 8 August 1833, EO VIII n 449
Little did Eugene know what suffering lay ahead of him, and how his own “Gethsemane” was about to begin.
Yvon Beaudoin explains: “After his nomination as Bishop without the consent of the Government of Louis-Philippe, an abundant correspondence had flowed between the civil authorities of Marseilles and Paris and between Paris and Rome. The upshot of these negotiations was: the Pope had to find employment outside France for a bishop named without the consent of the French Government, all the more since the Bishop of Icosia was considered politically very dangerous. Rome took fright. To avoid complications, the Holy Father summoned Bishop de Mazenod to his side.”