As Eugene takes stock of his life, he makes some practical resolutions to keep himself focussed each day.
I will make it an irrevocable rule of conduct that nothing on this earth shall constitute a habitual threat to my own progress in the spiritual life.
For this I must establish some key points as pivots of the rest of my life.
1. To live in great dependence on God and follow in everything I can the rule of the house so as to set an example and subjugate my will.
Caught up in the countless requests for his time each day, he resolves to maintain a fidelity to certain pivotal practices. Throughout his life we find him insisting on these for himself:
2. Since my outside affairs often deflect me and made it impossible for me to follow this rule in every detail, I must make it a special obligation never to dispense myself, on any pretext, from certain of the most essential points of this rule.
So, rise with the community,
prepare for and make thanksgiving after Mass.
Adore the Blessed Sacrament for at least a quarter of an hour in the afternoon;
at least one hour’s study during the day, etc.,
read Holy Scripture.
Retreat Notes, August 1817, O.W. XV n. 144