Eugene expected everyone who lived according to his God-given Oblate spirit to live a life of Gospel-inspired regularity. It upset him when he came across mediocrity in living this ideal.
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…
I fret with impatience at being hindered from bringing this home personally to all who do not understand it and who imagine that they have done their duty while still remaining far from their goal.
Enough on this point which pains me too much! I simply cannot accept that anyone should settle for being less than adequate in his calling.
Then Eugene sees that the way to achieve this regularity is by giving oneself totally to the Ideal in obedience, humility and detachment.
The root of the matter is the acceptance of obedience and absolute detachment as to whether one does this or that, whether this one or that one is the superior. Without that, you haven’t got anything
Letter to Hippolyte Courtes, 10 January 1831, EO VIII n 378
What is the Ideal of my life, and how do I live Gospel regularity?