Eugene always rejoiced in the success of the ministry of his missionary sons. Writing to Fr Martin in Switzerland, he points out that the reason for his success is that he is allowing God to work through him.
My dear child. I would very much like to tell you face-to-face what I content myself in writing to you. Become more and more worthy of your vocation. We can never do enough to be grateful for all the good the good Lord helps us to accomplish through a special privilege.
With sadness Eugene recalls that this motivation is not the case with everyone:
If our number is small, no doubt we must lay the blame partly on the evils of the day, and on the laxity which infests so many mercenaries who wish to serve the Church only for the material profit which they derive…
Letter to Joseph Martin, 10 May 1837, EO IX n 617
What is my motivation for following Jesus as his baptized disciple?