The vocation and life of the Missionary was presented in glowing terms in the first paragraph of the Foreword, and the members were exhorted to allow themselves to be totally transformed by these great ideals. Now Eugene continues to show that it is a gift that does not just fall from heaven, but that it is necessary to work towards this state. The route is clearly and unmistakably mapped out in the Rule:
To attain this so desirable an objective, they must apply themselves as well with the greatest care to adopt the most appropriate means to lead them to the goal they have set before themselves and to never depart from these prescribed rules to ensure the success of their holy undertaking and to maintain themselves in the holiness of their vocation.
Avant propos, Règle de 1818, Missions, 78 (1951) p.11