The work of the missions could not proceed without the generous spiritual and material help of lay collaborators. We see this in the letter of Eugene to one of his biggest supporters:
I must begin by making excuses for having replied so late to the letter that you did the honor of writing to me. Please put the blame on those who will not accept the least delay in the usual services that they demand of my me. I am grateful for what you have done…
She was in Marseille, and the Missionaries were preparing themselves for a city mission there the following year:
It seems most likely that we will go to your area in January and February for the mission planned for such a long time; then we will need the help of your prayers and those of all the holy persons who are interested in God’s glory and the salvation of souls. However, take care not to wait till then to recommend me to the Lord.
Please accept the assurance of my respectful sentiments; I have the honor of being your very humble servant.
Eug[e]ne de Mazenod, m[issiona]ry priest.
Letter to Madame Roux-Bonnecorse, 27 July 1819, O.W. XIII n. 26
Henri Tempier in ND du Laus reflects this same spirit of appreciation for the collaborators when he writes to Eugene:
I have always forgotten to write to you that here we pray here for the benefactors of the work of the Missions as they do at Aix. Point out the value of that the next time that you pray, underline the holiness of our place, the fervor, and the large number of people who are praying.
Letter from Henri Tempier to Eugene de Mazenod, 13 June 1819,
Oblate Writings II.2, n. 13
The purpose of human life is to serve, and to show compassion and the will to help others. Albert Schweitzer, theologian and medical doctor