“It is not because things are difficult that we do not dare, it is because we do not dare that they are difficult.” (Lucius Annaeus Seneca)
Father Bermond’s reply to being sent to Canada astounded Eugene!
I was thinking of sending Father Bermond to America. I wrote him on the subject, a letter full of kindness, which earned me an answer that is filled with insolence from one end to the other. I can overlook the impertinence in this letter, but what is more deplorable is a stupid ignorance of one’s most sacred duties. He builds up a thesis that the vows do not oblige him to obey me in this instance, and from that point he takes off to miserable rationalizations through which one can perceive that his self-conceit has been injured. It is impossible to answer this unworthy letter except with reproach and I prefer to keep silence.
Letter to Father Ambroise Vincens at N.-D. de L’Osier, 11 May 1845. EO X n 872
Honoring our commitments costs sometimes.