Aware of the responsibility accompanying his vocation to seek perfection in religious life, Eugene invites me to examine my behavior to evaluate whether my ministry effectively aims at the salvation of others. When I do things for others, whose approval am I looking for?
A consideration one must guard against forgetting is the inalienable obligation to seek perfection. This consideration will help me to come to see a host of sins of omission, for what holiness does not come within the apostolic vocation, I mean that which dedicates me to work unremittingly for the sanctification of souls with the means employed by the Apostles.
We have been specially founded for the conversion of souls and God has shown us over the period of years we have been proclaiming his mercies to sinners that he is ready to work miracles through our ministry. It is the seal of his approval.
Examination of conscience, October 1826, EO XV n 157
“Do not look for approval except for the consciousness of doing your best.” Andrew Carnegie