Most of us do not know how to reasonably close our doors and evaluate the requests made on our time and energy.
After the exertions of a hard mission, is it abnormal that I demand that you rest and that I be upset if you get immersed in very demanding work and if I see you disposed to take on yet more strenuous tasks? There are no considerations which are valid.
To help them Eugene wanted the requests for ministry to come to him, and he would be the one to protect them if this was asking too much of the men.
I would have wished you to reply nothing to what they have the indiscretion to ask of you, except to tell them to address themselves to me. We will now permit the children’s jubilee which will tire you much more than you think, but nothing after that. I absolutely insist that you rest and that you study; one must know when it is time to close one’s door.
Letter to Jean Baptiste Honorat, 13 March 1827, EO VII n 266
Rest referred to physical rest, but also to the necessity to study and prayer so as to have worthwhile content in preaching. The invitation of our Rule of Life:
“They will interiorise in prayer what they study and begin to live what they learn, so that they will be credible signs of the message they are to preach.” CC&RR, Rule 66c