Eugene continues his retreat meditation notes on the Oblate Rule of Life:
But how is one to go about bringing some remedy for such great ills, for it is not enough just to desire it.
“They are convinced that if priests could be formed, afire with zeal for men’s salvation, priests not given to their own interests, solidly grounded in virtue – in a word, apostolic men deeply conscious of the need to reform themselves, who would labour with all the resources at their command to convert others – then there would be ample reason to believe that in a short while people who had gone astray might be brought back to their long-unrecognized responsibilities.”
There then we have what one has to be if one is to hope to succeed.
Retreat notes, October 1831, EO XV n. 163
Let’s substitute “priests” with “Christians” and re-read the paragraph. There is much meditation material contained in it.