Having reminded himself of the cardinal points of his spiritual practices, Eugene revises his daily timetable.
To this end, there is absolutely no time to waste, and what is left over after the day’s business must be well used.
I will never come near it unless I vanish for a few hours during the day.
Rise at 5 o’clock or 4 1/2.
Oraison [ed. meditation] finishes at 6; from 6 to 10 I must become invisible…
The hours in which he wished to “become invisible” were moments that he wished to dedicate to activities without people, but for people. For his preaching and teaching ministry he found it essential to study Scripture and theology each day. It was a practice he remained faithful to in Aix as mission preacher and teacher of the youth congregation and then in Marseille as bishop. Similarly he needed to set aside a specific time to write and for letters:
Thus read, Holy Scripture until 7 o’clock, theology until 8, correspondence or write until 10…
Sundays, all for the [youth] congregation. If there is a moment, reading of Holy Scripture.
Retreat Notes, August 1817, O.W. XV n. 144