As we read the list of religious practices that the congregants had to commit themselves to, we may need to be reminded that they were not monks, but young scholars or students – mostly adolescents. The fact that nearly 300 freely committed themselves to this shows that they found meaning in these practices and a source of strength to live their baptismal commitments.
Eugene founded the Youth Congregation to make its members a transforming force among the youth of Aix. If their prayer changed them, then they would change the situations in which they lived..
ARTICLE ONE. All the congregants, to whatever category they belong, shall observe punctually the regulations of the Congregation, so all must, among other things:
1° attend Mass every day
2°do at least fifteen minutes of spiritual reading every day;
3° daily visit to our Lord Jesus Christ in the Blessed Sacrament;
4° say the rosary of the Blessed Virgin every week;
5° go to confession every two weeks.
Statuts, Chapitre XIII – Obligations spirituelles des congréganistes
Prayer does not change God, but changes him who prays. Soren Kierkegaard