The student house in Billens was made up of zealous young people with generous dreams. Some of these, however, were not quite practical, as Eugene commented to the superior, Fr Mille.
I urge you to deter Ricard from his plans of going overseas. That is out of the question for him; he should consider himself lucky that he is working ahead of time in the vineyard of the Father of the family. He should walk humbly before Him and not give himself up to idle dreams of a future that will perhaps never come.
It seems that Father Tempier’s words were wasted on you when he addressed you on the subject of the idle desires swarming inside Father Touche’s head.
Busy yourselves with your studies at Billens and let each one strive, with as much effort as possible, to acquire the virtues of his holy state. A man is being formed for every kind of ministry when it is obedience that assigns each one his duties.
Letter to Jean Baptiste Mille, 25 September 1831, EO VIII n 404