The last mission of 1821 was from November 4 to December 23 in La Ciotat, a fishing and shipbuilding town at the edge of the sea. While engaged in this, Eugene was in communion of thought and prayer with the members of the community in Aix. They were his source of strength as they sustained him in prayer and fraternal support. They too were busy with their ongoing daily mission from the house, thus Eugene showed his being in solidarity with them.
When we are so busy, far from complaining, let us bless the Lord for deigning to employ us thus in his service, we who are only useless servants.
Oh! my dear sons, what joy can be compared to mine on seeing you entering into the fray with such dispositions. I cannot prevent myself from shedding tears of consolation. You know that all you are doing for souls has a repercussion on my heart. So I bless God for what he is doing before my eyes by the ministry of those who surround me.
Letter to Brother Honorat and the Fathers at Aix, 17 November 1821, EO VI n 75
“Within each such social group, a feeling of solidarity prevails, a compelling need to work together and a joy in doing so that represent a high moral value.” Christian Louis Lange