“The apostle Paul never seemed to exhaust the topic of grace – what makes us think we can? He just kept coming at it and coming at it from another angle. That’s the thing about grace. It’s like springtime. You can’t put it in a single sentence definition, and you can’t exhaust it.” (Max Lucado)
Babeau’s conversion was likened to that of the Samaritan woman in the Gospel. She converted her common-law husband and married him. Hopefully she did not have to beat him up to achieve this!
Just as her conversion had made her into a driving force to bring her fellow-market workers to the sacraments, so too his conversion led him to dedicate himself to the welfare of the workers.
Joseph, the coachman, who had lived with the new Samaritan woman before becoming her husband, was for the Conference of Saint Joseph what Babeau had become for the Congregation of Saint Anne. He dedicated himself to doing good and became a zealous apostle. In this way the labourers had their work of charity, which soon became very flourishing.
Rey page 204
How concerned are we for the spiritual welfare of those around us?