Having scolded the young Marius Suzanne for not taking sufficient care of his health, Eugene had asked him to rest a bit longer in Aix. There, however, the young priest could not contain his missionary enthusiasm, and gave himself to the ministry of confession.
You see from what I have just told you that you have not interpreted my mind badly by staying several days more at Aix; only I would have wished you to be moderate in undertaking to hear confessions, so as to be able to take the rest that I had prescribed to you very authoritatively.
No matter if you feel no more fatigue, you have nonetheless used up your health in the remarkable missions and retreats which have been accomplished.
Letter to Marius Suzanne, 23 April 1823, EO VI n 102
It was a lesson that Eugene himself had had to struggle to learn. It was one of Henri Tempier’s constant preoccupations to force Eugene to live a balanced life and to take the rest necessary for his body. As Eugene learnt to put this into practice in his own life, at the cost of illness and suffering, so did he try to help the young Oblates not to fall into the same trap of exhausting themselves totally and then not being capable of ministering effectively.
“Leadership is an active role; ‘lead’ is a verb. But the leader who tries to do it all is headed for burnout, and in a powerful hurry.” Bill Owens