Eugene, the preacher and founder of a society of missionaries, speaks strikingly from the depths of his heart about the power of the preached word.
The grace of conversion is eminently attached to the word, it is the strength of God; miracles are operated by it. That is the mysterious net, when it is thrown in nomine Jesus (ed. in the name of Jesus). From Saint Peter to our days, and it will be so until the end of the world, it is by the spoken word and not by the written word that numerous conversions are worked.
The context of these words is his attempt to tone down the convalescing Marius Suzanne’s haste to finish writing his book and get him to rest. In the process, he gave us a beautiful description of the power of preaching.
So do not kill yourself doing this work, I repeat, you will get there in time by walking more slowly. Continue to give me from time to time news about yourself, work less and get yourself well.
Adieu, I love you and embrace you with all my heart.
Letter to Marius Suzanne, 25 August 1827, EO VII n 276
“You can change your world by changing your words… Remember, death and life are in the power of the tongue.” Joel Osteen