Marius Suzanne gave a description of the hundreds of people who, during the Aix mission, flocked to the sacrament of reconciliation ministered by Eugene and the Missionaries:
In fact, I wish that all who live in our city of obstinate skeptics, all the hardened sinners who continue to refuse the pressing invitations from the Lord, had witnessed the edifying spectacle presented by the Church of the Missionaries of Provence on the eve of the General Communion.
The spacious choir of this church was never empty throughout the day. Men who came with fervent zeal, to kneel before the ministers of Jesus Christ to receive the absolution for their sins, which they had desired for so long.
Caringly ministered to by the holy priests who invited them to experience sorrow and love, many were seen shedding tears of sorrow as they, kissed the crucifix of the Savior that they had in their hands. Then they knelt before the holy altar to worship in silence and in deepest reverence, the Majesty of God they had offended. Some even raised their hands in supplication to Heaven, and said aloud, “No, Lord, never again! Never again!”
I heard many congratulating themselves on the way out, that their conscience, only recently awakened, finally experienced the happiness of peace and tranquility, and they enjoyed the happiness they had vainly looked for in the world and its pleasures”
Marius Suzanne, ” Quelques lettres sur la mission d’Aix “, p 21-22.
“God has cast our confessed sins into the depths of the sea, and He’s even put a ‘No Fishing’ sign over the spot.” Dwight L Moody
(Note this entry was published in a different context above on March 7, 2011)