I will also turn towards the image of Mary and I will humbly beg her maternal blessing
Eugene’s adolescent rule of life, quoted in Rey I p. 26
That these words of Eugene were not a passing fancy is backed up by the regard that this young man had for Father Bartolo in Venice, and his commitment to adhering strictly to his rule of life. The biographer Rey wrote that on the reverse side of the first page of this rule Eugene wrote these important lines:
This rule of life is more important to me than all the gold in the world. It was drawn up for me in Venice by my venerated and dear spiritual master Don Bartolo Zinelli who died in Rome in an odor of sanctity. He has even had a several miracles attributed to him and they have written his biography which is an uninterrupted series of the practice of virtues. I can give powerful testimony to that and I acknowledge that I owe to this holy priest, after God, the tiny bit of good that is in me… I was twelve years old when my holy and beloved master drew up this rule of life for me.
REY, I, p. 25.
“A hero is someone who has given his or her life to something bigger than oneself.” Joseph Campbell