The section on the vows in the 1818 Rule is followed by an exploration of the various ways in which the Missionary must strive to “BE”. In doing so, he always come back to the “true north” – the point on which the compass or GPS of the Missionary has to be constantly focused.
It has already been said that the missionaries ought, as far as the weakness of human nature allows, to imitate in everything the example of our Lord Jesus Christ, the chief founder of the Society,
and that of his Apostles, our first fathers.
1818 Rule, Part Two, Chapter One. Regarding other principal observances
Today, Eugene continues to urge us to maintain this focus:
We achieve unity in our life only in and through Jesus Christ.
Our ministry involves us in a variety of tasks, yet each act in life is an occasion for personal encounter with the Lord, who through us gives himself to others and through others gives himself to us.
CC&RR, Constitution 31
T.S. Eliot touches the heart of the same reality in his “Four Quartets:”
At the still point of the turning world. Neither flesh nor fleshless;
Neither from nor towards; at the still point, there the dance is,
But neither arrest nor movement. And do not call it fixity,
Where past and future are gathered. Neither movement from nor towards,
Neither ascent nor decline. Except for the point, the still point,
There would be no dance, and there is only the dance. T.S. Eliot