Eugene encourages his missionaries in their style of modest preaching by noting how loved they are by the simple people who appreciate the Oblates’ closeness to them.
I have noted with exquisite consolation that all good people and especially those who walk with simplicity before God are very attached to their missionaries. It matters little that certain conceited persons wish their ears to be charmed with profane sounds; that is what I call those discourses which please but do not convert.
Hold fast to our method which is drawn from truth and which the good God deigns to support with his grace.
Letter to Pierre Mie, 19 September 1825, EO VI n 198
“It is no use walking anywhere to preach unless our walking is our preaching.” Francis of Assisi