Always the obligation to retrace Jesus Christ in our persons: We will meditate especially …on the virtues of our Lord Jesus Christ, for these should be obvious in the life of our members.
Retreat notes, October 1831, EO XV n. 163
Virtues are those qualities which give meaning to our lives, that give us “salt” and “light” and help us to become “salt” and “light” for others.
The second Letter of Peter clarifies what a virtue is “may grace and peace be yours in abundance through knowledge of God and of Jesus our Lord” (2 Peter 1:2). It is knowledge of God. It is looking at the life and qualities and attitudes of Jesus – it is allowing ourselves to be transformed by the one who says “Come, follow me.” And ”You are my friends if you do what I command you.” (John 15, 14-15).
So, Paul is able to say “Be imitators of me, as I am of Christ” (I Corinthians 11,1) – and this is what Eugene means when he says that the virtues “should be obvious in the life of our members.”