Father Paul Labutte was Mother Yvonne-Aimée’s beloved spiritual son and friend. He met her in 1927 when he was a 19 year old seminarian. Yvonne Beauvais was 26 years old at the time. Later, as an Augustinian Hospitaller Canoness and Superior, she wrote to Father Labutte freely about friendship and affection. Her point of view was fully human, wise, and mature. The translation is my own:
Francis de Sales and Jeanne de Chantal, Saint John Eudes and Marie des Vallées, Olier and Marie de Valence. Why? Because (even on the supernatural level) man and woman have qualities that complete one another.
One must have friendships in life. [ . . .] Let yourself love. There is no danger so long as the spirit of prayer exists in you. And young priests have hours of loneliness that are very hard. They need affection and tenderness. If you don’t give it to them, they will go looking for it just anywhere.
One loves the Good God without seeing Him. Also, at certain hours we need someone to show us affection: a mother, a sister, a brother. Otherwise, if the heart is not anchored, it goes anywhere at all, and is lost.