Somewhat puny as we are, being weak and few in number, we nonetheless have an existence in the Church no less than that of the most celebrated congregations, the most holy societies. It is thus we are constituted.
As small as the Oblates were, the charism of the Holy Spirit that brought them into life was exactly the same as the charism of all the major religious groups like the Jesuits and Dominicans, for example.
Just now I can say to you quietly what I will say to you out loud when the brief is delivered: know your dignity,
Eugene then uses one of his favorite descriptions of the Congregation of the Missionary Oblates: for us the Congregation is our Mother
take care never to dishonor your Mother who has just been enthroned and recognized as a Queen in the household of the Spouse, whose grace will make her fertile enough to give birth to a great number of children, if we are faithful and do not draw upon her a shameful sterility by our unfaithfulness.
Finally, what this approbation demands of each one of us:
In the name of God, let us be saints.
Letter to Henri Tempier and all the Oblates, 18 February 1826, EO VII n 226
“God creates out of nothing. Wonderful you say. Yes, to be sure, but God does what is still more wonderful: God makes saints out of sinners.” Soren Kierkegaard