Next in the examination of his life, Eugene looked at the quality of his life as a religious missionary. Always conscious of God’s love in calling him to be an Oblate, he reflected on the central components of his religious life.
The examination of my duties as a simple religious must cover my cooperation with the exceptional grace of vocation and make note of the endless sequence of infidelities, resistance, ingratitude.
Although for three years I have been barred by force of circumstances from mission work, I will glance over the preceding years and discern the faults I committed in the exercise of this ministry that is proper to my vocation.
I will next examine how I have lived my vows, stressing the obedience I owe to the Rules to which I must submit in everything compatible with my other duties which must never serve as a pretext for exempting myself from them.
Examination of conscience, October 1826, EO XV n 157
Eugene invites each one of us to look at our state of life and to recognize God’s grace in the transforming gift we received at our baptism, and of our vocation to express and live it in marriage, single life, religious life, or ordination.
“Everyone has his own specific vocation or mission in life; everyone must carry out a concrete assignment that demands fulfillment. Therein he cannot be replaced, nor can his life be repeated, thus, everyone’s task is unique as his specific opportunity to implement it.” Viktor E. Frankl