Eugene’s listeners at the Madeleine are invited not only to receive the Word of God, but to enter into deeper relationship with God through all that the ministry of the Church offers them.
“Our churches are your places of refuge. It is there that in your needs and sufferings you find the help and consolation that you looked elsewhere for in vain.
Your Master lives there and awaits you there to bring you an effective remedy for all that troubles you.
By the ministry of his priests he regenerates you in the waters of baptism, he reconciles you in the tribunals of penance, instructs you in the truth-demanding pulpit. He gives himself to you to be your strength against the enemies of your salvation, your support in the fatigues of your pilgrimage.
Take your delight then in living in this holy place.
Instruction at the Madeleine, preached in Provencal, on the fourth Sunday of Lent
O.W. XV n. 115