PARISH MISSIONS: CLOSE TO THE PEOPLE SO AS TO LEARN THEIR NEEDS

The closeness of the missionaries to the people made them aware of the needs and reactions of the people

Thus today we came across two persons who, under the semblance of a marriage they had never in fact contracted, had lived over a period of several years in concubinage without anyone knowing; they would perhaps have died in that condition had it not been for the visit we made to them.
On these visits, care must be taken to enter every house, even those where one foresees a hostile reception: were it only for the merit of enduring some insults for Our Lord Jesus Christ, one would always derive very great benefit from them, and these insults are not to be lightly passed over in the exercise of so sublime a ministry, which the people in general value so highly.

Diary of the Marignane Mission, 18 November 1816, O.W. XVI

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