How to correct wrong directions in community life and refocus? Eugene gives guidelines, which continue to be beacons for us today.
Regard the Rule as our law, the superiors as God, our brothers like our other selves.
Letter to Hippolyte Guibert, 29 July 1830, EO VII n 350
“Regard the Rule as our law.” Each religious and missionary group has a particular focus on the Gospel, which is expressed and put into practice through its Rule of Life. The only way in which we can truly be what God wants us to be is by following this Church-approved Rule to which we, as Oblates and in a customized form as Associates, have made a public commitment. (cf. http://www.eugenedemazenod.net/?p=1285 )
“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.