I am still grieved, my dear friend, by what I have seen at Notre Dame du Laus.
Eugene had discovered, during his visit to the Oblate community in Laus, that the young Father Guibert was having difficulty in maintaining the correct Oblate spirt in the community. He was young learning how to be a community superior and had tried to reestablish a more faithful observance of the Rule, but encountered resistance based on health and work pressure, and had made concessions far too generously.
May it be God’s will that my exhortations have produced the effect that I have the right to expect. I hope that each will have told himself that he is rigorously obliged to observe our Rule strictly.
Where would we be if we were only faithful to it in the houses that I can supervise myself? Once that is achieved, we will still be far from realizing the goals that we propose; we must be filled with our spirit and live only by it. This is self-evident without it being necessary to explain it.
Letter to Hippolyte Guibert, 29 July 1830, EO VII n 350
Throughout his life, Eugene insisted on the primacy of living every aspect of Oblate life according to the precepts of the Rule of Life. In this Rule was expressed the God-given spirit of how to live, pray and evangelize as a Missionary Oblate of Mary Immaculate – and which is shared by the whole Mazenodian family today