Although I have spent numerous entries above focusing exclusively on the two cholera epidemics, we need to remember that Eugene’s role as Superior General constantly involved him in the overall guidance of the spirit and mission of the Oblates. In a particular way he watched over the young superiors in their own responsibility to guide the spirit and mission of their local communities.
Remember that you must be a model for everyone.
Make your oraison often on the subject of the duties of your position; it isn’t a small thing;
keep a close eye on yourself.
Letter to Jean Baptiste Mille, 2 May 1835, EO VIII n 513
The model of apostolic community was Jesus and the apostles, thus the necessity for prayer (oraison) on how to make it a lived reality. An invitation to see all our activities and responsibilities in prayer.