Eugene’s retreat notes continue with many resolutions on his prayer life, Eucharistic devotion, praying the breviary etc. Realizing how his busy-ness can disturb his moments formally dedicated to prayer, he expresses an attitude of fundamental importance:
Since I am so regularly disturbed and it is very often impossible for me, with the best will in the world, to do certain exercises at the prescribed times, and I am even sometimes obliged, to my great regret, to excuse myself, it is indispensable that I find a way to make up for it and obviate this drawback.
The only way, I believe, is to act always in a perfect dependence on God’s will, in perfect liberty of spirit, in union with God by an interior movement of adhesion to what it pleases him to ordain at that moment, in the persuasion that that is what he wants me to do, and absolutely nothing else.
I find this a marvelous summary of oblation, and the spirit in which to live it. It is to be in the attitude of being totally given to God, in a spirit of freedom from self so as to be there for what is outside of myself, and to be totally in union with God. He explains further:
If I act in this sense, the very action that frustrates me, that is at odds with me, will be more meritorious than what I would have preferred.
Essential rule: lift up one’s heart to God before, during and after an action, act always in a spirit of faith.
Retreat Notes, July-August 1816, O.W. XV n 139