LET’S HAVE COURAGE THEN AND PUT OUR CONFIDENCE IN THE LORD
Father Vincens was the Novice Master, preparing future Oblate missionaries. In the previous entry we saw Eugene’s letter to him announcing the acceptance of our first mission in Asia, which concludes with:
Bishop Bettachini left with his heart full of joy; and unless the Propagation presents obstacles, which I hope will not happen, next month our first missionaries will leave with the Bishop to lay the first foundations of this great endeavor.
This departure will not prevent four missionaries from leaving for America, who will soon be followed by several others. You see that we need a lot of people to satisfy all these needs.
Let’s have courage then and put our confidence in the Lord. The important point will always be to form good men; neglect nothing to that purpose.
Letter to Father Ambroise Vincens, 12 August 1847, EO X n 936
“I have but one candle of life to burn, and I would rather burn it out in a land filled with darkness than in a land flooded with light.” (John Keith Falconer)
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