13. Once I have identified something as an obstacle to my end, I will make the sacrifice of it to God, cost what it may, and taking the resolutions necessary to walk in the spirit of my vocation, I will be faithful thereto with the help of grace.
Retreat resolutions, October 1831, EO XV n 162
Quite a thought! Usually we try to overcome and destroy the obstacles that prevent us from loving God and one another. Eugene uses another tactic – he offers it to God and relies on receiving the inspirations and graces necessary to change. Weaknesses, failings and obstacles become an opportunity to encounter God’s grace. A thought-provoking approach to oblation.