The Constitutions and Rules of an approved group in the Church are that group’s way of expressing the Gospel according to their God-given charism. This is why they are often referred to as a “Rule of Life.” Eugene was convinced that all those who faithfully lived by the Rule, our Oblate expression of the Gospel, were in the fullness of the Kingdom of God after their deaths.
Sad anniversary of the death of our dear Father Suzanne. Yesterday, being a semi-double feast, I said a requiem mass for him. It was more to console my sorrow, and for the consolation of performing this solemn act of communion with the men who have gone before us, than with the thought that this blessed missionary, predestined in death, had any need of my prayers. I would say as much about all those I have seen die in the Congregation.
Eugene de Mazenod’s Diary, 31 January 1837, EO XVIII