Eugene shows the concerns of his fatherly heart: severe when correction was needed, but loving nevertheless. The two young Oblates he writes about had been ordained priests for a couple of months.
Give G[ignoux] a good shaking up, show him no mercy. What a pity that with all that talent he should surrender himself to that useless mysticism that will end up leaving him in a complete fog and deprive him in the meantime of all possibility of doing some good.
Take care not to discourage Marcellin; he mustn’t be made too conscious of his mediocrity, that would quite incapacitate him; he has good qualities, he should be helped to exploit them.
Letter to Henri Tempier, 29 October 1833, EO VIII n 471