Eugene reminds the Pastor of Aubagne that when the Missionaries came to a parish for a prolonged mission, they showed their closeness to the people by respecting the existing parish structures and cooperating with the Pastor and his assistants in their existing pastoral approach. The aim of the mission was to bring a greater spirit of unity to the community.
I hope that your Assistants will want to help us in this demanding ministry, in which case we can include them in our calculations. To sum up I flatter myself that we all form but one family of which you will be the father and that we will have but one heart and one will.
Letter to Father Figon, Pastor of Aubagne, 5 October 1822, EO XIII n. 42
It was a way of sharing with others the ideals that the Missionaries were living among themselves: one heart and one mind. It is a clear example of the basic principle of the life of the Missionaries: BE in order to DO.
“Each person must live their life as a model for others.” Rosa Parks