SJBDLS and two of his most trusted Brothers made a secret heroic vow at Vaugirard—a sacred vow to God and one another to keep the society and the work alive even if they were the last members left, forced to beg for alms and survive on bread alone.
…even should we remain the only three members of the said Society, and should be obliged to beg for alms and live on bread only.
SJBDLS resigned as superior and devoted himself into teaching the novices to pray. His conferences lead to a book.
The Explanation of the Method of Interior Prayer
God led me step by step. If I had known in the beginning where God would lead me, I would've dropped the whole project. But God was gentle, leading me from one commitment to another without me knowing in advance where the road would end.