Since the missions are one of the principal ends of the Institute, all will strive principally to fulfill well this task.
1818 Rule Chapter Two §1
After the break for Christmas, the daily reflections on the writings of St Eugene resume. In the coming weeks I will continue to explore the theme of the preaching of parish missions. It was our principal missionary activity in France and so I think it valuable to go into detail.
Times have changed and the methods of the 19th century generally no longer apply today, but the spirit in which these activities were done and their overall spiritual and human goals are still valid today. We were founded to be ministers of conversion, and that same Gospel spirit of Eugene has to be the foundation on which we build our 21st century ministry of conversion to “a new heart, a new spirit, a new mission.”