The pilgrims from the villages came to Laus to express their devotion to Mary, and the Missionaries helped them to focus with Mary on Jesus Christ.
Wherever our ministry takes us, we will strive to instill genuine devotion to the Immaculate Virgin who prefigures God’s final victory over all evil.
CC&RR Constitution 10
Eugene describes a practical expression of this in his letter to Adolphe Tavernier:
I am stopping since it is impossible for me to continue; my hand is trembling to the point of not being able to hold the pen; don’t be alarmed at this phenomenon, I know the reason for it. The nerves of my arm are tired out from a grueling exercise that it had to carry on for two hours.
All the faithful gathered here would not go away satisfied without having kissed the relic of the true cross and the reliquary is too heavy. In short, I cannot go on and I prefer to send you this scribbling rather than have you think that I neglected writing to you.
Letter to Adolphe Tavernier,2 July 1820, O.W. XIII n. 30
This simple gesture of the pilgrims, in a Marian shrine, towards a reliquary that recalled the Cross of Jesus shows the spirit of the Missionaries: WITH Mary to the Savior, because always “the cross of Jesus Christ is central to our mission” (CC&RR Constitution 4)
With Mary Immaculate, the faithful handmaid of the Lord, and under the guidance of the Spirit, we enter into closer union with Jesus Christ.
CC&RR Constitution 36
“Mary is the sure path to our meeting with Christ. Devotion to the Mother of the Lord, when it is genuine, is always an impetus to a life guided by the spirit and values of the Gospel.” Blessed Pope John Paul II