AN OPEN FACE LIKE YOURS HAS ONLY TO SHOW ITSELF AND HEARTS WILL OPEN IN CONFIDENCE
By the end of July 1847 Father Tempier had already travelled to Nancy to make all the necessary arrangnemnts for the Oblate establishment. He had forgotten to take the letter of recommendation that Eugene had written for him
My dear Tempier, the only thing you forgot in leaving were your credential letters. It is true that an open face like yours has only to show itself and hearts will open in confidence when seeing your qualities written there. However, as a precaution I am sending you these documents. Anywhere one can come across a bunch of dimwits who can’t read people’s faces.
. … So, goodbye, I await your news with some impatience. I embrace you wholeheartedly.
Letter to Fr. Henri Tempier, 28 July 1847, EO X n 934
Eugene’s wry sense of humor emerges at times in his writings. He loved and respected Fr Tempier, but could not resist teasing him.
“My best friend is the one who brings out the best in me.” (Henry Ford)
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