At the end of his retreat Eugene returned to his responsibilities as Oblate Superior General. He responds to one of the regular reports from a superior on the state of the community he cared for.
My dear Father Courtès, your last two letters gave me enormous pleasure. I mean those where you give me an account of the state of your community and of your own situation in particular. The one I received after my retreat afforded me all the more consolation in that I had myself just come from a very serious meditation centered precisely on what had struck you yourself.
Once again he shares the experience of his fruitful retreat on the Oblate Constitutions and Rules and their meaning.
Perhaps like never before I grasped the value of the favour that God has shown us and like never before I came to appreciate the means that God puts at our disposal in the Congregation to serve him as we should and sanctify ourselves.
Those who do not make good use of them will be culpable indeed. I beg you to inform all our Fathers of my satisfaction on reading what you say to me concerning themselves. I exhort them to read the Rules with as much attention as I have just given them, perhaps they will have some surprises and make some fresh discoveries.
Letter to Hippolyte Courtès, 4 November 1831, EO VIII n 407
Two hundred years after Eugene wrote the first Oblate Rule of Life we, as members of the Mazenodian Family, are all invited to return to the source of our charism and spirituality and to allow ourselves to be surprised by what God wants to communicate to us through it.