In this letter to Marius Bernard, a 22 year-old seminarian in Aix, we see Eugene treating this young Oblate deacon with much fatherly patience as he corrects him:
I make this remark, my dear friend, because I have just been thinking of it in my oraison and I am writing to a deacon who is no doubt imbued with the importance of his state and full of good desires to perfect himself more and more in the virtues which ought to be the attributes of a holy ecclesiastic …
We do not know the subject of what this young man had made a public show about in the church:
I cannot conceive how you forgot at the time that you were not alone. If there had been no one in the church, I would have seen nothing untoward in your presenting yourself lovingly before the tabernacle of Our Lord to show him your needs and ask for his help but it is no longer reasonable when done in a loud voice before everybody. Be watchful then over the ardour of your zeal and know how to control yourself when you have witnesses of your actions.
Letter to Marius Bernard, 16 June 1824, EO VI n. 143
Yvon Beaudoin writes about him: “We find his name in a few of the Founder’s letters… He was urged not to make a display himself by his odd practices of piety and that he was looked upon as an eccentric.” (“Bernard, Marius André Barthélemy” in the Historical Dictionary, Volume 1.)
“A question that sometimes drives me hazy: am I or are the others crazy?” Albert Einstein