Why enter into a time of retreat? Eugene’s zeal and desire to be “all for God” could not stop at a half-measure of becoming better. It was all or nothing for him: total conversion to God. Life was a process of continual conversion for him – and a time of retreat aimed at renewing his self-gift of oblation totally.
5. My starting point will be that it is a question this time of a retreat of conversion and not of perfection, i.e., my business is not to become better but to become good.
Retreat resolutions, October 1831, EO XV n 162
He was renewing the resolution he had made twenty years before, at the time of his ordination to the priesthood:
To please you, act for your glory, will be my daily task, the task of every moment of my life. I wish to live only for you, I wish to love you alone and all else in you and through you.
Notes made during the retreat in preparation for priestly ordination, December 1-21, E.O. XIV n.95
This is what we understand by “oblation” as a Mazenodian Family.