The father of the Oblate family frets about the welfare of his Oblates:
Night and day the labours of our Fathers are on my mind and I cannot put it at rest. It is not possible that they are bearing up to it: it tries me truly and cruelly. How long then will last this so highly rated Jubilee in our blessed city of Aix? I see Suzanne from here forcing his voice in that large church of Saint Sauveur. How could his chest not suffer thereby? And Courtès is he not also forcing himself, although preaching in a church less vast?
At least let no one think of joining to this work any other work whatever. Make your plans ahead; it is absolutely indispensable and I absolutely wish that they rest an entire month after such excessive fatigue.
When I say rest themselves, I mean a total interruption from preaching for those at least who are at it for such a long time and the others who will have been tired by shorter work but still above their strength. You will quite simply have to refuse any proposal and not fear to give the reason why, they will all have to understand that men are not made of iron and that even iron wears out.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 13 April 1826, EO VII n 236
This concern is built into our Rule of Life today: “The community will provide its members with opportunities for recreation, rest and relaxation.” CC&RR, Rule 39b
“Fatigue makes fools of us all. It robs you of your skills and your judgment, and it blinds you to creative solutions. It’s the best-conditioned athlete, not the most talented, who generally wins when the going gets tough.” Harvey Mackay