As proud as Eugene was of his young Missionaries and their zealous achievements, he also worried that they would burn themselves out because of their generosity.
After a mission, it is good to spend several days in a regular community.
Letter to Jean Baptiste Honorat, 9 February 1824, EO VI n. 130
You must not remain long in that place and must say in advance, very mildly but in a manner as to be understood, that on coming from a mission as tiring as the one that you have just preached, you need rest and recollection… After one and especially two missions, you must feel the need to be recollected and to think a little of yourself.
Adieu, my dear Father Marcou, I embrace you tenderly and recommend that you give the example of all the virtues to all those who have the happiness to dwell in that house (for which my heart longs, towards which my desires never cease to draw me). Do not forget me in your prayers during this beautiful week.
Letter to Jacques Marcou, 12 April 1824, EO VI n. 135
“Rest is not idleness, and to lie sometimes on the grass under trees on a summer’s day, listening to the murmur of the water, or watching the clouds float across the sky, is by no means a waste of time.” John Lubbock