Eugene continually insisted on his conviction that the missionaries had to be the instruments through which the Saviour spoke.
I don’t need to tell you with what pleasure I read your report and re-read it to others. One can say that your experiment was a master’s stroke, so greatly has the good Lord blessed your efforts. It will always be like that when you place all your trust in Him.
The conversion of souls is his work alone and it can only be obtained by the grace of Jesus Christ, and that grace is given only to the humble, to those who are forgetful of themselves and give back all the glory to God.
Here lies the difference between the fruitfulness of the poor missionary’s sermons compared with the barren results of most Lenten preachers. Let us look always to what is useful, let us seek nothing but God’s glory and the salvation of souls, let us count ourselves fortunate to have been chosen to be the instruments of God’s mercy, and the Lord will work all things to our great consolation.
Letter to Marc L’Hermite, 10 January 1852, O.W. XI, n. 1096.