Each evening the Oblate communities would organize evening prayer in their public churches for the local people. Eugene reminds them that the aim of the exercise was not to give the people a sermon, but to give them reflections which would help them to enter into meditative prayer. At times preachers can get carried away with their own words and lose sight of the goal of preaching: to enable people to experience the presence of God and to enjoy that presence in meditation.
… Do not lose from sight that it is not a question in this exercise, of preaching but of furnishing matter for meditation [for the faithful]… . I was always opposed to the shouting in Marseilles
Letter to Jean Baptiste Honorat, 26 August 1826, EO VI n. 252
“By turning your eyes on God in meditation, your whole soul will be filled with God. Begin all your prayers in the presence of God.” Saint Francis de Sales