(On Left) Illustration of St. John Eudes Assisting the
Afflicted People of a Pandemic [The Plague] in 17th Century France
"When the plague began at Rouen, Father Eudes sent instructions to all the houses of his Congregation to humble themselves before God under the stroke of His Divine Hand.
To this end, he says, we ought:
(1.) To adore His divine justice, acknowledging our sins for ourselves and in the name of
all the people.
(2.) We should thank God, not only for consolations, but for afflictions. We should look on them, not only
as a just punishment, but also as a sign of mercy, because God chastises, not to destroy, but to correct and save.