Already a few days into the mission in Barjols, we find the Missionaries in full swing. They were successfully reaching out to persons who had been away from religious practices for decades:
Here we are in the confessional, without stirring, from morning until evening.
The men came flocking at the first announcement and God knows they needed to do so! What we have here, for them and the women alike, are (lapses) of thirty, forty and fifty years. People are astonished at the success of the mission.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 14-15 November 1818, O.W. VI n.34
The Missionaries were recognized as being the instruments through which people were reconciled with God and with one another.
People are publicly and spontaneously reconciled at the foot of the cross. It is marvelous. Pray for us and for them. Oh! How right Saint Vincent de Paul was when he said that only the devil could be opposed to missions.
Letter to Fortuné de Mazenod, 22 November 1818, O.W. XIII n.20
If you knew all that the good God is doing here through our ministry,
Letter to Jean Baptiste Honorat, November 1818, O.W. VI n.35
In keeping with this tradition, our Oblate Rule of Life today tells us:
In proclaiming the Word, it is our tradition to be simple and direct and to speak a language adapted to and easily understood by our hearers. In all our ministry, but especially in that of reconciliation, we will reflect the understanding, patience and compassion of the Saviour.
CC&RR, Rule 7 g
And when he comes home, he calls together his friends and neighbors, saying to them, ‘Rejoice with me, for I have found my sheep that was lost.‘ Luke 15:6
But we had to celebrate and rejoice, because this brother of yours was dead and has come to life; he was lost and has been found. Luke 15:32