This year, our examination at the foot of the Cross, shall center in a particular way on three points.
First, the acknowledgment of our shortcomings from which arises our deficiency before God.
Secondly, the examination of our observance of interior discipline, which may be called our Handbook for Heaven.
Finally, we shall direct our attention, prudently and reflectively, to the external aspects of our apostolic work, not merely to have a knowledge of good in general, but to seek the greater good which can and must be furthered...
this searching will make us eager to find the means for the attainment of our purpose.
These means are threefold:
a continuous inner conversation with God about our needs and interests;
a deep study of humility, that we may be capable of receiving special gifts from God for the renewal of our life;
and a burning desire for the inner and hidden life in the adorable wounds of the Crucified.
St. Gaspar Del Bufalo, 1829