What is the spirit that is specific to our existence? Eugene defines it as being that of oblation.
Our Lord Jesus Christ has left to us the task of continuing the great work of the redemption of mankind…
This spirit of being wholly devoted to the glory of God, the service of the Church and the salvation of souls, is the spirit that is proper to our Congregation, a small one, to be sure, but which will always be powerful as long as she is holy.
Our novices must steep themselves in these thoughts, which must sink deep in them and be often meditated.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 22 August 1817, O.W. VI n. 21