Continuing to teach his young charges how to grow strong in the midst of negative influences, Eugene refers to the scandal-filled and destructive atmosphere of some sections of Aix “society”:
When unavoidably in this environment, particularly if they find themselves in the middle of this noisy society teeming with scandals…
He shows them the attitude that they should have in order to grow strong and not be unduly influenced:
… they will frequently become aware of the presence of God and will offer him all their love in reparation for the outrages that He is receiving from so many ungrateful people, for whom He has nevertheless shed all His blood.
They will also make frequent prayers to Him, to prevent the contagious air that they are breathing from cooling and even extinguishing the fire of charity which must constantly burn in them.
Règlements et Statuts de la Congrégation de la Jeunesse, 1813, p. 21
Since Eugene’s own conversion experience, he had learnt to look at others as persons for whom Jesus had shed all his blood. His ministry as a missionary was to make these persons aware of this life-giving reality. For Christians, the key to justice is found in this attitude.
“Once you replace negative thoughts with positive ones, you’ll start having positive results.” W. Nelson