Eugene writes with advice to the 26 year-old Hippolyte Courtès, the young superior of Aix and the one responsible for the formation of the new Oblates, (most of whom were around his own age). The letters of this period show the concern of Eugene for these young men who were in positions of responsibility, and whom he wanted to strengthen in their understanding and living of the Oblate spirit. They were all such zealous workers, and he struggled to get them to spend time in study and reflection as well.
I feel that Honorat needs to prepare material for the missions. In general, I fear that they do not know how best to make use of their time.
You will do well to be watchful about this important aspect in regard to everybody; give particular attention to Marcou.
Bernard is working here tirelessly and everyone is pleased with him.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtés, 25 August 1824, EO VI n153
Our Rule of Life continues to express Eugene’s concern:
“From a personal and coherent faith vision, scholastics will be able to present Christ’s Gospel in such a way that it reaches and touches the hearts of their contemporaries. Above all, they will interiorise in prayer what they study and begin to live what they learn, so that they will be credible signs of the message they are to preach.” CC&RR, Rule 66b