We must be filled with our spirit and live only by it…
Just as we have in a Society a common dress, common Rules, so must there be a common spirit which gives life to this particular body.
Letter to Hippolyte Guibert, 29 July 1830, EO VII n 350
Eugene was constantly insistent on fidelity to our God-given spirit.
First companion of mine, you have from the first day we came together grasped the spirit which must animate us and which we must communicate to others; you have not deviated in the slightest from the path we resolved to follow; everyone knows this in the Society and they count on you as they count on myself.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 15 August 1822, EO VI n 86
This spirit is the particular Gospel inspiration that God gave to Eugene “one Good Friday,” and which became the heart and dynamism of every aspect of his life and ours. It is the spirit expressed in and taught to us by our Rule of Life:
The Constitutions and Rules set out a privileged means for each Oblate to follow in the footsteps of Jesus Christ. They are inspired by the charism lived by the Founder and his first companions; also, they have received the approval of the Church. Thus, they allow each Oblate to evaluate the quality of his response to his vocation and to become a saint.
CC&RR, Constitution 163