The mission in Barjols ended on 20 December but the fervor of the people continued after the departure of the Missionaries, as Eugene wrote with satisfaction:
The parish priest at Barjols tells me that during the past 18 years he had only ten men at Mass…, whereas, during the mission we heard more than 3000 general confessions and those who made the mission before Christmas came to Holy Communion again on New Year’s Day to prove they had made the firm resolution to carry out their Easter duties.
Letter to M. Arbaud, Vicar General of Digne, January 1819, O.W. XIII n.22
The Missionaries had given of themselves totally in Barjols as co-operators of the Savior in His mission. They were thus able to rejoice with Him:
At that very moment he rejoiced (in) the holy Spirit and said, “I give you praise, Father, Lord of heaven and earth, for although you have hidden these things from the wise and the learned you have revealed them to the childlike. Yes, Father, such has been your gracious will.
“Happiness does not come from doing easy work but from the afterglow of satisfaction that comes after the achievement of a difficult task that demanded our best.”
Theodore Isaac Rubin