THE JOY EXPERIENCED BY THE PREACHER IN BEING AN INSTRUMENT OF GOD FOR OTHERS

Concluding the narrative of the blessing and opening of the chapel for the youth, Eugene tells how he preached, and was happy to see that his words bore fruit. As preacher, Eugene understood himself as being an instrument through whom God spoke to others – and his joy at seeing the results is evident.

Before giving the blessing, the Rev. Director delivered a short colloquy in the name of the Congregation which had the customary effect of this pious exercise, a felt increase of fervour in every heart.
It seems at these times, short as they always seem, that Our Lord Jesus Christ responds promptly with an abundance of graces and consolations that he pours out in the souls of those who address him by the mouth of his minister, to the requests they make him through his instrument.
One always emerges from this exercise, and in general from all the solemnities which are held in Congregation, with a feeling of the truth of this word of Scripture: one day in your house, Lord, is better than a thousand elsewhere (Ps. 83: 11).

Diary of the Aix Christian Youth Congregation, 21 November 1815, O.W. XVI

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