After two weeks of the intensity of living the experience of doing a parish mission together for the first time – where they worked day and night practically non-stop, Eugene exclaims:
Among us missionaries, we are what we should be, that is to say that we all have one heart, one spirit, and one thought; it is admirable! Our consolations, like our hardships, are unequalled.
They didn’t have time to stop for much introspection, so Eugene reflects the gut feeling of what they are living in practice during the mission. They were united in their vision for the mission, in the methods used and in the spirit that permeated all their activities – despite their human failings and weaknesses.
This unity of heart, spirit and mind is a theme that we will regularly encounter as we explore Eugene’s writings. The spirit of the apostolic ministry of the early Christians was the foundation of his life-long model for the missionaries:
“The whole group of believers was one of heart and soul… With great power the apostles gave their testimony…” (Acts of the Apostles 4:32-33)