Eugene underlines another passage from the Rule that he finds important to refer to constantly:
…we shall not attain it (the conversion of souls by preaching), however, unless we renounce our own personal glory, and repress in the depth of our hearts the vain praises of people; in a word, unless like the Apostle we preach Jesus Christ and him crucified … not with pretentious speech, but in the demonstration of the Spirit, that is to say, unless we make it evident that we are penetrated with what we teach, and that we have begun to practice, before attempting to instruct others (Art. 5, ibid.).
Retreat notes, October 1831, EO XV n. 163
A pointed reminder that people see right through our words if we are not authentic in our witness and conviction.