Eugene continued to be full of the joys of the time he had spent in Switzerland with the community of Oblate students and their youthful enthusasm for religious life and community.
I would not have left Billens. It is a real heaven on earth.
He compared their idealism with that od some of the older Oblates in France who should have been even more exemplary to the young ones:
The virtues and innocence manifested in the life of all who live there would have been the joy of my life and have made up for the lower standards and lack of regularity of so many others who ought to be the ones giving them a good example.
Then Eugene gave an important definition of a concept he constantly used when he described the Oblate lifestyle: regularity:
By regularity I mean fidelity in shaping one’s life according to the spirit and the letter of the Rule. The Rule obliges us to work very seriously at becoming more perfect men of the Church – much more so than others.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtes, 10 January 1831, EO VIII n 378
The Rule is our way of living the Gospel and regularity (from the Latin word for Rule, which is “regula”) means living every aspect of our lives according to these Gospel values. “Regularity” – a good virtue for all of us to work towards.