In the 1820 mission, we find Eugene and his Missionaries keeping strictly to the ideals of their Rule of life:
Article 2. That is why the members of this Congregation will work under the authority of the Ordinaries on whom they will always depend, by providing spiritual aid to the poor people in the rural areas and to the inhabitants of the country villages who are the most deprived of spiritual things. They will provide for those needs through missions, the teaching of catechism, retreats, or other spiritual exercises.
1818 Rule, Part One, Chapter One. The ends of the Institute,
The Missionaries of Provence who were assigned the three workers’ parishes, Saint Laurent, the Carmes, and Saint Victor’s, were even less able to avoid mob scenes and disturbances, since people from other parishes flocked to these churches to hear the sermons in Provencal; hence, they spoke to more uniform audiences than those of their Parisian colleagues. Under such circumstances, Father de Mazenod extended himself. Not satisfied with giving two sermons a day, one at the Carmes and the other at Saint Laurent’s, he undertook “catechetical instructions to fifty poor fishermen who were almost sixty years of age and had not yet made their First Communion; it was to prepare them for the Sacrament that he had initiated this instruction.” 5President de Mazenod) In addition to all this, he and Father de Janson gave a special retreat at Saint Ferreol’s church to the dock workers, and with such success that the summary of the Marseilles mission goes into raptures over the piety of “these modern-day Goliaths.”
Although the missionaries were deluged at first by the throng of people, they were soon more or less successful, by dint of improvising, in channeling the overflow; services were doubled, special retreats were added, separate instructions were given to the military personnel of the garrison, who, led by the officers, attended the services; not too devoutly perhaps, but at least assiduously. Separate retreats were also given to the Orders of Penitents of every title and color which followed one another into Saint Martin’s church to the number of 20,000. Instructions were also provided for dockworkers, hospital patients and prisoners; last of all, and most important of all, services conducted in the open air made it possible to assemble huge, enthusiastic crowds.
Leflon 2 p. 111
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