Mauritian Mission Bears Fruit
In less than ten years, Fr. Laval in Mauritius had set up a network of Christian communities run by catechists, both men and women, whom he referred to as his “counsellors”. His basic pastoral concern was to listen to the people and give them a Christian formation. He heard their confessions and built up their confidence. From amongst them, he chose men and women who witnessed to the meaning of their baptism and thus established the first generation of Creole catechists who eventually covered the whole island.
For these poor people, Laval was a gift from heaven. He brushed aside fatigue, sickness, opposition, insults and even praise, in his desire to give himself totally to their service.