Exulting in the goodness and virtue of his Oblate sons, Eugene realizes his own lack of virtue in comparison with theirs.
What virtue do you wish that I perceive in myself? Alas! I have no illusions! … since this tree only produces flowers but no fruits. Believe, my children, that I have need of you all so I can try and be smuggled in with such good quality people.
Never tire then to urge all your people on to the most sublime virtues of our state. A total abnegation of self, a great humility which, joined to the zeal for the glory of God and the salvation of souls, to a great esteem and entire submissiveness towards our Rules, through which we ought to reach our goal, will truly make us achieve this.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 31 May 1826. EO VII n 247
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