Situations vacant! I conclude these reflections on the 1818 Rule with the picture that Eugene gives of the qualities required in a prospective candidate to the Missionaries.
He has to have a great desire for his own perfection,
an unlimited love for Jesus Christ and his Church,
and an enormous zeal for the salvation of souls.
He must have a heart that is free from all disorderly affection for earthly things,
a great detachment from his family and place of birth,
a lack of interest to the point of disdaining wealth;
he must be willing to serve God and the Church, either in the missions, or in the other ministries of the Society
and he must want to persevere until death in faithfulness and obedience to the holy Rule of the Institute.
1818 Rule, Chapter two, §1 The qualities necessary for admission in
Missions, 78 (1951) p.85
We shall see how Eugene’s later version of this already-demanding description was to become much more fiery in approach.
“A man of personality can formulate ideals, but only a man of character can achieve them.” Herbert Read