For the rest this wonderful paragraph that we cited above and which cannot be meditated on too much, is simply the development of what is expressed in a single line in article 1 the end of the Society. There it is said: The end of the Institute of the little Society of the Missionary Oblates of the Most Holy and Immaculate Virgin Mary, …is … to form an association of secular priests … living together and SEEKING TO IMITATE THE VIRTUES AND EXAMPLE OF OUR SAVIOR JESUS CHRIST, principally by devoting themselves to evangelizing the poor.
It is all there: seeking to imitate the virtues and example of our Savior Jesus Christ. If only one could engrave these words on one’s heart, have them written everywhere to have them always before one’s eyes.
Retreat notes, October 1831, EO XV n. 163
Eugene’s specific focus on the “virtues and example” was “He has sent me to evangelize the poor.” We, as members of his charism family, have received the same focal point: how do we bring the Good News of salvation to those who are most in need of hearing it?