The Shrine of Our Lady of Laus was gearing up for the busy summer pilgrimage season during which the Oblates would be feverishly occupied with pastoral ministry to the pilgrims.
Now the feast of Pentecost is upon us, appeal to the whole community, in my name, to take twice as much care to see that the crowds of visitors don’t give rise to a kind of exterior dissipation which wouldn’t be edifying in men from whom one expects behaviour that is not only full of zeal but truly modest, grave and recollected as well.
Eugene reminds them of the principle that he was constantly insisting on in the lives of the Oblates: “be” in order to “do.”
The source of all activity, the goal of all ministry, and the strength to persevere came only from their community life as religious. “Regularity” – faithful observance of the Rule of Life – was the “be” of the Oblates from which the pilgrims would draw abundant graces.
Please, insist a lot on this subject. Let it be demonstrated that, when a religious has to devote himself to external ministry, the habitual regularity that he should have acquired in the bosom of the community is a source of abundant graces and help, so that he isn’t found wanting and doesn’t disappoint the faithful’s expectations: more is required of him than of others in the wholly supernatural action of his demanding work,
Letter to Jean Baptiste Mille, 18 May 1836, EO VIII n 571
“BE” in order to “DO” sums up the Gospel for all, not just the Oblates.