Eugene wants his retreat to be a time of honest evaluation and conversion. He prays:
Lord, make a ray of your heavenly light shine on me so that I may see myself as you see me;
inspire my soul with the feelings it should have at the sight of its sins;
grant me, I beg you, through the infinite merits of your Passion, through your precious Blood poured out for me, through the intercession of your most holy Mother,
grant me the spirit of repentance to convert and change me;
may your grace breathe new life into in me the gifts – I do not say virtues – you gave me and I have not made good use of, like a faithful servant.
May I leave this retreat filled with a new vitality, firmly resolved not merely to do good, but to do all the good that it is possible for me to do.
My God, remember your mercies, for you are my God, Deus meus es tu and I am your poor servant quia ego servus tuus
Retreat notes, May 1824, EO XV n. 156
Psalm 118:28: You are my God, I give you thanks; my God, I offer you praise.
Psalm 116:16: LORD, I am your servant, your servant, the child of your maidservant; you have loosed my bonds.