All the preparation that went into a parish mission usually ensured good results. The personal lifestyle of the Missionaries, their preparation of preaching material and evangelizing activities, their efforts to be living what they preached as a community etc. all paid off. Thus from the mission to the town of Rians, Eugene was able to rejoice at the fruits:
All is going well, not only has the mission produced its ordinary effects but dispositions are excellent. Several missions had been preached before, but that has not prevented us from coming across a great number of persons who had been untouched: 25, 30 and 40 years [ed. without coming to confession] is our experience every day.
Since you have prayed for me, I have doubled my energy and I have been able without undue strain to do all our great exhausting exercises.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 9 December 1822, EO VI n.90
“At times our own light goes out and is rekindled by a spark from another person. Each of us has cause to think with deep gratitude of those who have lighted the flame within us.” Albert Schweitzer