Eugene’s nephew, Louis Boisgelin, was studying to be a Jesuit priest and had fallen gravely ill. He would be the third of Eugene’s sister’s children to die young.
Louis had been sent home to rest for a while, and Eugene joined them for an 8-day break.
I cannot express the happiness I feel when I distribute the body of Jesus Christ to all my family. This is something divine; I always have difficulty holding back my tears, my heart is so full.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 14 September 1841, EO XX