Nine days after his previous instructions to Fr. Mie, Eugene’s patience with this missionary’s misplaced zeal begins to wear thin.
I told you positively to do only one mission when you left Marseilles and I even fixed a limit, as I wished you to take some rest before undertaking the retreat of Fuveau which was to precede ours immediately. You however plunge yourselves into a maze from which you can no longer extricate yourselves. There are only two of you and you take on work enough for six. You go from one region to another, separating from each other, contrary to the will of our Rules which are well known to you, and you do not even think of taking the least moment of rest nor making your companion take some himself. In vain I write you to stop, to catch your breath, you keep on just the same.
Letter to Pierre Mie, 11 October 1826, EO VII n257
“Beware the barrenness of a busy life.” Socrates