As Eugene meditates on his responsibilities, his concern for the salvation of those entrusted to his care is a reflection of the attitude he had instilled into his Missionaries.
As my obligations cannot be limited to the gaining of the most sublime virtues, I must attentively consider what is imposed in relation to the flock the Sovereign Pastor is to confide to me. I must achieve my salvation through them, I must save myself with them, at least I must be able to bear witness to having done everything that depended on me for their instruction, to exhort them, turn them away from evil, motivate them to the practice of virtue, be an example to them in all kinds of good works, finally to procure for them all the means in my power to assure their salvation and lead them thus from the terrestrial fold, where God places them under my crook, to heaven where we must be reunited in God’s bosom…
The whole thing is to act only with a view to pleasing God and to acquit oneself worthily of the charge he has imposed on me.
Retreat preparatory to taking possession of the episcopal see of Marseilles, May 1837, EO XV n 185
This pastoral approach applies equally to all members of the Mazenodian Family in whatever we do for the welfare of others.