The foundational level of spirituality has to be lived out and expressed. Eugene expressed the means he used to focus on seeing everything through the eyes of Christ the Savior in these resolutions, written a few days after his priestly ordination and his being appointed to the staff of the seminary in Paris:
I will strive to live in such a way that my actions will speak more loudly than my words and counsels.
With that in view, I will try with God’s help to renew myself in the spirit of the priesthood…in everything seeking God alone, his glory, the salvation of souls and progress in the ways of perfection.
To give his ideals a foundation:
I will neglect none of the means that the masters of the spiritual life suggest for us to arrive at this goal, the only goal to which I must aspire…
My duties of piety consist: 1. in oraison, 2. holy Mass, 3. divine office, spiritual reading, examination of conscience, prayer; the whole accompanied, preceded and followed by the holy practice of the presence of God.
Resolutions as director at the seminary of St. Sulpice, January 1812. EO XV n 103.
In order for Eugene’s actions to speak louder than words, he needed to be solidly grounded in his relationship with his Savior on a daily basis – and only then would his ministry lead others to the same loving and transforming relationship.
How can my words teach and may actions speak today?
“Actions speak louder than words; let your words teach and your actions speak.” St. Anthony of Padua