Art. 2. It is to fulfill this duty for them that the Congregation will give all its members the most comprehensive instruction on all points of their religion either to teach them to know it well, or to provoke them to practice all the virtues it recommends.
Statuts, Chapitre XIV – Devoirs de la Congrégation envers les congréganistes
This identity had to be put into practice in all the events and relationships of their lives. Mirroring the social situation of the time, some of the members of the Youth Congregation came from homes where there were servants.
They will command very gently those who are subject to them. They must remember that the servants, however lowly they appear in the eyes of this world, are nevertheless called one day to share the immortal crown of glory – together with their masters – that has been acquired with the precious blood of the Saviour and Master they have in common.
Règlements et Statuts de la Congrégation de la Jeunesse, 1813, p. 24
Echoes of Eugene’s Good Friday experience and of his preaching in the Madeleine, taken up today in the Oblate Rule:
Through the eyes of our crucified Saviour we see the world which he redeemed with his blood, desiring that those in whom he continues to suffer will know also the power of his resurrection (cf. Phil 3: 10).