In living in healthy balance between doing and being, the Missionaries had the responsibility of studying and constantly renewing themselves and the contents of their preaching and teaching.
When the missionaries are not on a mission, they will return with joy to the privacy of their holy house, so that they may employ their time to renew the spirit of their vocation by meditation on the law of God, and the study of Sacred Scripture, the fathers of the Church, dogmatic and moral theology, and the other branches of ecclesiastical science. They will also prepare new material for future missions.
1818 Rule, Part Two, Chapter One. Regarding other principal observances
Unfortunately the zeal and pastoral generosity of the Missionaries tended to fill their time and put studies in second place.
The present Oblate Rule of Life continues to promote Eugene’s desire for renewal and inner development for the sake of the contents of our ministry.
Ongoing formation encompasses all aspects of our development. It renews and develops our spiritual life and its inner resources and favours our growth in emotional and affective maturity. It increases our pastoral skills. It enables us to be critically aware of the integration of our life and mission at all stages of our development.
CC&RR, Constitution 69
“Those who improve with age embrace the power of personal growth and personal achievement and begin to replace youth with wisdom, innocence with understanding, and lack of purpose with self-actualization.” Bo Bennett