Eugene charges his friend, Henri Tempier, to remind him every day, if necessary, of the necessity to remain humbly in the will of God and not to let his position as a bishop go to his head and inflate him with self-importance.
In other words in this last phase of my life I think I can say that I am firmly resolved, through the overflowing abundance of graces that I will receive, to try, by diligent application, so to conform myself to God’s will that not a single fibre of my being will knowingly swerve from it.
I am telling you this quite frankly as you are my director and also for you as my admonitor to remind me of it, if needs be, every day of my life;
for you know me too well not to understand that the greatness of the dignity to which I am going to be elevated, all unworthy as I am, will change nothing of my interior dispositions nor in my bonds of trust and of religious simplicity, with you in the first place and also with everyone else, due proportion being observed. That is enough on that topic.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 10 October 1832, EO VIII n 436