PREJUDICES DISAPPEAR BETWEEN BROTHERS BUT THEY REMAIN FOR EVER IN THE MIND OF A STRANGER
Father Honorat, the superior of the Missionaries in Canada, had confided the difficulties within his community to the Bishop of Montreal. Eugene found out about it and was not happy.
I fear that in your intimate interviews with the Bishop, you may have spoken too openly about the one amongst your brothers of whom you should be most considerate and you may thus have to blame yourself for having transferred to the mind of the Bishop the prejudices which dominate you at the moment. This would be extremely annoying because prejudices disappear between brothers but they remain for ever in the mind of a stranger.
What good is that to anyone? You may well have had momentary relief by confiding in this way but the wrong that is done to an individual and which has repercussions on the family is irreparable.
Letter to Fr Jean Baptiste Honorat, 7 October 1843, EO I n 27
A pointed reminder to us today too.
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