The year 1822 saw the Missionaries of Provence fully engaged in evangelization in Aix, Notre Dame du Laus, Marseille as well as in the preaching of several prolonged parish missions. Eugene, as the father of this missionary family, rejoiced in their achievements and saw the goodness of each one as being beneficial to all.
I feel fortunate amongst my brothers, amongst my sons, because in the absence of virtues which are proper and personal to me, I am proud of their works and their holiness.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 3 March 1822, EO VI n 80
“In the history of Christian spirituality we hear, “Christ is in me; he lives within me,” which is the perspective of the individual spirituality, of life in Christ, or we hear, “Christ is present in our brothers and sisters,” which is the perspective of charity, of the works of charity. But the decisive further step is missing, that is, to discover that if Christ is in me as he is also in the other person, then Christ in me loves Christ in you and vice versa… there is giving and receiving.” Jesus Castellano OCD