Eugene, as Superior General, gave Fr Hermitte a new missionary assignment to serve the spiritually needy.
I am directing you to leave for N.D. du Laus so that you may give good service in this shrine to which so many needy souls flock to find some relief from their misfortunes. There you will hear the confessions of both the pilgrims and the people of the place who may come to you.
Eugene reminds him of the model of every Oblate mission: co-operator of the Savior in the footsteps of the apostles.
There you must be everything to everyone, as was the divine Master whom we serve and the holy Apostles in whose footsteps we follow. Go therefore, my dear son, with the disposition of making up with zeal for the small number of labourers.
The Savior never abandons his co-operators:
The Lord, whose work we are doing, will provide for our needs, if we are faithful servants and accomplish well the beautiful mission he has entrusted to us through a grace of having been chosen.
Letter to Jean Hermitte, 25 August 1837, EO IX n 636
Today, as Eugene’s Mazenodian Family, we are invited to the same vision in our daily lives.