The year 1826 ended with Eugene and the Oblates participating in the special jubilee year renewal missions throughout the city of Marseille. We find him in full swing doing what he enjoyed most: preaching a mission and bringing people to conversion and renewal. The biographer, Rey, describes:
“Once the missionaries had returned to Marseille from Digne, the preaching of the Jubilee mission throughout the diocese began. A general procession inaugurated it on December 3, first Sunday of Advent, in which the Oblates of Mary, in accordance with instructions of their rule, did not participate. The same evening the Founder celebrated the opening exercises in the Calvary Chapel, which was too small to accommodate the crowd that had assembled to participate.
Despite his overwhelming preoccupations in the the administration of the diocese and the Congregation, he preached twice a day. In the mornings he explained the “Our Father” in the Provençal language. In the evenings he preached in French on the principal articles of Christian doctrine on dogma and the sacraments. He did this with touching simplicity and constantly maintained the interest of the congregation. They admired his capacity to simplify the loftiest doctrine to the needs of his listeners, so that it would be milk for children and the weak while at the same time being bread for the strong.
The success was extraordinary; in the morning the crowd inundated the church to hear the Word of God and then kneel in the confessional where the missionaries spent most of the day. Father de Mazenod never refused the good will of those who wanted to be reconciled to God.”
REY, Volume 1
“When you discover your mission, you will feel its demand. It will fill you with enthusiasm and a burning desire to get to work on it.” W. Clement Stone