“So when there was question of sheltering in your house the catechumen, whom providence was offering to you, I would have been very glad to hear from you a word of charity and sympathy for an act of love in which the heart of Sion is directly involved.
(Who could providence send us today? Maybe not Catechumen but………..)
This would have been a kind feeling suggested by the spirit of God.
After this reaction you could have explained to me in all simplicity the obstacles the inconveniences and the inspiration of human prudence. You did the opposite. Without even toughing the main question you come out with such an exaggerated flow of words enumerating the difficulties that I had to withdraw without a single word when faced with your objections …”
Letter by Fr. Theodore to Sr. Desiree Ricardo August; Book 4, page 209; 29th 1860