Our Rule of Life describes the goal of the novitiate year for those preparing to become Oblates: “Novitiate formation ends with a free and faith-filled commitment in the Oblate Congregation. The novice, having experienced the Father’s love in Jesus, dedicates his life to making that love visible. He entrusts his fidelity to the One whose cross he shares, whose promises are his hope.” CC&RR, Constitution 59
Eugene then lists some of the qualities that the novices need to work on in order to achieve this goal
All our novices ought to be characterized by
the most ardent desire for perfection,
real joy at being placed in a position so favorable to achieve it,
devotion for the Church,
zeal for the salvation of souls and a great attachment to the Oblate family,;
love, esteem and fidelity for the Rules,
obedience, respect for superiors, etc., let us help each other to attain these results ….
Letter to Henri Tempier, 18 June 1828, EO VII n 302
What does my list of qualities look like to best achieve my Kingdom goals?
“Failure comes only when we forget our ideals and objectives and principles.” Jawaharlal Nehru