In his prayer, Eugene now turns to Mary, asking her to accompany him as he lives his new responsibilities.
Virgin Mary, my good Mother, had I invoked you more often, I would not have so much cause for lament.
Be my help, O my Mother, by your powerful intercession, to perform all the responsibilities your dear Son has imposed on me in a different way than I have up to now,
so that by your help I may find my reward in carrying them out as I should
and, after their accomplishment, a greater reward still in heaven where I beg you to draw me when I will be less unworthy of entering in there.
Day’s Retreat, during the community retreat, 30 October 1818, EO XV n. 148