Eugene’s sentiments about the Rule of Life were not focused on the Rule itself, but how it is a vehicle that reflects God’s love and will for each of us. The importance of the Rule is that it expresses the heart of our vocation. He quotes directly from the Rule to show this:
Will we ever have an adequate understanding of this sublime vocation! For that one would have to understand the excellence of our Institute’s end, beyond argument the most perfect one could propose to oneself in this world, since the end of our Institute is the exact same end that the Son of God had in mind when he came down on earth. The glory of his heavenly Father and the salvation of souls.
“For the Son of Man came to seek and save those who are lost.” [Luke 19: 10], he was sent especially to evangelize the poor “He has sent me to evangelize the poor” [Luke 4:18].
And we have been founded precisely to work for the conversion of souls, and especially to evangelize the poor, ”the end of this small Society… is … as brothers living together and seeking to imitate the virtues and example of our Savior Jesus Christ, principally by devoting themselves to evangelizing the poor.”
Retreat notes, October 1831, EO XV n. 163
Here we have the vocation of everyone connected with the charism and spirituality of Saint Eugene.