Now that the Church had approved our existence and our Constitutions and Rules, they no longer belong to us, but to the Church who commissions us to live our lives in accordance with them. Eugene was now able to make the statement about having been only an instrument.
He whom God has used to draw them up disappears; it is certain today that he was merely the mechanical instrument which the Spirit of God put into play in order to show the path he wanted to be followed by those whom he had predestined and preordained for the work of his mercy, in calling them to form and maintain our poor, little and modest Society.
Letter to Henri Tempier and all the Oblates, 18 February 1826, EO VII n 226
From now on, Eugene never refers to himself as the author of our Rule of Life. He always speaks of himself as the instrument that God used to manifest God’s will to us.
“I just want to do God’s will. And he’s allowed me to go to the mountain. And I’ve looked over, and I’ve seen the promised land! I may not get there with you, but I want you to know tonight that we as a people will get to the promised land.” Martin Luther King, Jr.