Four weeks into the mission in Aix en Provence, Eugene’s uncle Fortuné continued to enthuse about the effects of the ministry of the Missionaries of Provence, and of his nephew in particular.
His way of life is truly a marvel and God sustains him only that He might work unbelievable wonders through him in the three churches assigned to his missionaries, even though he preaches only in Provençal. I doubt that things are the same in the other churches, in spite of Parisian eloquence; that kind of eloquence does not stir the heart as does that of your son. The results he has accomplished are so prodigious that work of the most consoling kind is cut out for us for several months.
Consequently, the mission church and house were literally invaded by penitents. Fortune assisted his nephew and the Missionaries and wrote:
So great is the harvest, especially with the poor, that I would feel guilty before God if I were to refuse to lend a hand. I hear confessions any time from five in the morning until nine in the evening… The same is true of all our missionaries of Provence… The veneration, in which your son is held, is beyond description. Even his mother is showered with blessings whenever she appears in public. I have cause to believe that those pastors who refused to allow him to preach in their churches are sorry, now that they see all the good being accomplished at Saint Sauveur and at Faubourg where the people flock in droves, both morning and night; as much for the sermons as for confession; nowhere near the same fervor can be seen in the other parishes.
Leflon 2, p.123-124
“Every one can be a witness for Christ, not only with his lips but by his whole life. Every Christian ought to be a living martyr, who lives for the sake of his Master.” Sadhu Sundar Singh