The excessive zeal of the Oblate missionaries had a tendency to drain their physical energy – and to lead to disagreeable consequences. An exhausted missionary makes for a useless missionary. Once again, Eugene expresses his concern for the welfare of his brothers, and for those entrusted to their care.
… In wishing to do too much, a person makes himself powerless, and then what detriment of the spirit does not ensue? He is obliged to live in a manner quite earthly, he cares only for his body, no more for the Rule and very little for regularity; that is all one gains. The superiors look at the wreck and dare say nothing for fear of aggravating the evil, even by giving some simple advice that might annoy the member, expose him to murmuring and thus be detrimental to soul and body both. May God deliver then our brothers from all such misfortune, may at least they do nothing to draw it upon themselves.
Letter to Jean Baptiste Honorat, 26 August 1826, EO VI n. 252
“All parts of the human body get tired eventually – except the tongue.” Konrad Adenauer