Eugene marvels at what is being achieved by the Oblate missionaries in their parish missions.
My dear Father Vincens, the Lord be praised for what he has accomplished by means of your ministry and dear Father Dassy’s. Good master as he is, he wanted to give you some encouragement and he let his blessings accompany your words.
They are the instruments being used by God and the more they allow themselves to be the co-operators of the Savior, the more blessings are given to the people.
Like us I’m sure you give all the credit for our work’s success to his grace and his grace alone.
That’s what gets through to the heart while our words merely enter the ear, and here we see precisely where the immense difference lies between our sermons and those of fashionable preachers which are infinitely superior in other respects. At the voice of the missionary miracles abound and he is so struck by the wonder of so many conversions that the poor instrument of these marvels is the first to be surprised, and while praising God and rejoicing he humbles himself in his littleness and nothingness.
The co-operator of the Savior is a generous instrument through whom God works miracles:
What sign of approbation can come up to a miracle, and never were there greater ones than those that are worked on missions, those you have yourself worked.
Letter to Ambroise Vincens, 17 January 1835, EO VIII n 503